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Five Things I’ll Remember About the Movie Selma

1. The explosion in a Birmingham church where four young girls are killed by a bomb.  It nearly  jolted me right out of my seat and left me in tears just minutes into the movie.

2. All the different factions in the civil rights movement with their varied opinions and points of view that Martin Luther King had to juggle and /or  placate, control, include, listen to, be concerned about, and try to keep motivated- the student organizers, Malcolm X, the United States president, the media, the clergy, white supporters,  and the list could go on. 

3. That strong women played such an important role in the civil rights movement at a time when women still didn’t have all the rights and freedoms they do now.

In the movie Lorraine Touissant plays Amelia Boynton Robinson the woman who was beaten unconscious in the first Selma march across the bridge.  

Oprah Winfrey plays Annie Lee Cooper who was beaten when she registered to vote. 

Tessa Thompson plays Diane Nash a brilliant young strategist who co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and was one of the driving forces behind the Selma Voting Rights Movement.

Coretta Scott King is shown in the movie meeting with Malcolm X, marching with her husband in Selma, and supporting him during the court case concerning the legality of the Selma march. She must have raised her children almost as a single parent while her husband led the civil rights movement.

4. The important role religion played in the civil rights movement and in Martin Luther King’s life.  He really felt a divine calling to do what he did. He quoted Scripture and hymns in his speeches.  The movie shows him frequently speaking in churches. After the Bloody Sunday event in Selma- Martin Luther King invites all people of faith to rally round the civil rights cause. Nuns, priests and pastors of many denominations joined the march. 

5. What a great speaker Martin Luther King was and how his speeches were able to engage and motivate his audiences to have courage and hope and be willing to act. He spoke with passion. He repeated important phrases. He used descriptive words and painted scenes vividly. He gave people a vision and made them believe it was possible to achieve it. 

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The Beatitudes Come To Life

On our recent bike tour of Detroit we stopped at the Solanus Casey Center and walked through this grouping of statues of men and women who personify each of the eight beatitudes from the book of Matthew in the Bible.

I’m posing with Mother Teresa the embodiment of the beatitude Blessed are the merciful. She spent her life showing mercy to the desperately poor people in the slums of Calcutta India. 

Takashi Nagai

Takashi Nagai was chosen for the beatitude Blessed are the meek.  A Japanese doctor injured during the bombing of Nagasaki he cared tirelessly for other victims and worked towards forgiveness and reconciliation through the establishment of a prayer house, the writing of a book and the planting of thousands of cherry trees to help reclaim the devastated landscape. 

Clement Kern is a Detroit pastor who is an example of Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice.  He opened his church to alcoholics, gays and lesbians, social protesters, the unemployed and the homeless and became a vocal advocate for them. 

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My husband Dave poses with Martin Luther King chosen for Blessed are the peacemakers. The key game-changer in the fight for civil rights in the United States, King was an advocate of peaceful protest rather than violence. 

Jean Donovan represents Blessed are those that mourn. As a missionary, she comforted those who mourned after their family members died at the hands of death squads in El Salvador. She distributed food and clothing but was most known for her huge smile and sense of fun. She was murdered by one of the death squads herself.

Blessed are the pure of heart is exemplified by Catherine de Hueck Doherty a Russian Baroness who opened shelters for the homeless in Toronto, Harlem and Combermere, Ontario and started Madonna House a place where people could meet God through prayer, fasting and solitude. 

Oscar Romero is the personification of Blessed are the persecuted.  An archbishop in El Salvador he was assassinated shortly after giving a sermon one Sunday because he advocated for the poor and those whose human rights were being violated in his country. 

Dorothy Day is the example for Blessed are the pure in spirit. She fought for social justice as a reformer, writer and speaker. She was jailed after protesting the lack of voting rights for women and thanks to her efforts more than 200 communities dedicated to helping the poor and homeless around the world are still in operation today.

Who would you choose to personify each of the Beatitudes?

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