On the heels of a disappointing turnout by Blacks at the primary election, the release of the trailer of the highly anticipated historical film “Selma”– that chronicles the pivotal three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights— begs the question, have we forgotten the struggle in modern times?
“Selma” couldn’t come at a more perfect time as we approach the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The trailer replenishes memories that may of the torment Blacks faced leading up to the iconic march from Selma to Montgomery.
David Oyelowo stars as Martin Luther King Jr in a career-defining role. Cuba Gooding Jr., Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott-King, Lorraine Toussaint, Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi, Common, Tim Roth and Oprah Winfrey as “Annie Lee Cooper” as his costars. The Ava Duvernay-directed film hits theaters January 9, 2015.
In light of the forthcoming release, this “Can you vote?” literacy test was created to raise awareness around the film.