Even though I wasn’t on the team of consultants who worked with the producers, I’m glad the film is in the atmosphere. While “Selma” is historically informative and entertaining, having lived through those days, I would have appreciated more historical accuracy. I know that everyone can’t be included in such projects, but on a personal note, I was saddened to find no mention of my Dad, who not only marched in Selma, but was also felled (and recovered) along with John Lewis, and many others, including Hosea Williams and my dearly departed friend James Orange.
So many people have contacted me regarding the overtones regarding references to Uncle ML’s responses to the attacks on his personal life. I have only this to say. Like all of the Bible heroes, Uncle was a human being, an imperfect man who served a perfect God. He and Daddy are in Heaven now, in the company with David, Moses, Paul, Rahab, The Woman at the Well, The Woman caught in the act... Uncle ML was a devoted prophet and Man of God. Need I say more?
Overall I enjoyed the film, and I recommend [it] for viewing.
Alveda King is director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life.