Posts Tagged: civil rights

Getting It Right

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People have been writing about civil rights for years, but it’s taken Hollywood until now to warm up to the subject (of course, not enough). Bill Morris traces the history of the movement’s cinematic representations leading up to Ava DuVernay’s recent triumph:

Movies about the civil rights movement — the successful ones– have tended to follow one of two strategies.

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The Sonic Wonder of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

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Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, the massive civil rights protest at which Martin Luther King, Jr., famously delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

That speech’s stirring vision of political and social equality for blacks is now legendary, but its dexterous musicality is often overlooked.

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“The Great Schism”

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This Ta-Nehesi Coates Atlantic piece takes a closer look at what caused the rift between abolitionists and suffragists, despite their many shared values.

“I think one way of looking at this — among many others – is to not look at the movement post-1865, but post-1835, when abolitionist women, like Anthony and Stanton, were subject to unbridled sexism among their allies and enemies alike. In antebellum America, for a woman to speak before a promiscuous audience–that is to say an audience of mixed-gender–was to invite charges of prostitution.”

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