Students Reflect on Selma

Posted on: March 9th, 2015 by Admin

In conjunction with Black History Month, Walls students took a field trip to see the film Selma. Our A.P. U.S. History students reflected on how the film connected to their curriculum.

Selma connected really well with AP US History (APUSH), especially in regards to the South and what it was like during the Civil Rights Movement. In APUSH I hadalready learned about the South during the times of slavery and what followed after the Civil War and Selma related to that. One aspect Selma reflected was the issue of voting rights in the South. For example in the beginning of the movie when the lady tries to vote she is prevented from getting her license by a white official who asks her to name all the county judges. This reflects how after reconstruction in the South African Americans were quickly disenfranchised through devices like those shown in the film such as literary tests, being able to “interpret” the constitution, poll taxes and more. Selma also helped to show the issue of racism and segregation in the South, whichalso resulted from racist attitudes that accompanied slavery and the end ofreconstruction in the South. Overall Selma helped to connect the issue of race relations in South during the civil rights movement to race relations in Antebellum South and reconstruction era.

– Phillip O’Sullivan

The film helped with my personal understanding of AP United States History. In class, there is only so much detail you can cover on each unit of history. With the United States having such an extensive history, often times important events are glazed over while working with the bigger picture of that time period. Seeing this film offered our class more information about the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and gave a specific event that involved a variety of different themes regarding this time period. Being able to watch a live-action reenactment of the actual event helped me understand more about the event and how Martin Luther King Jr. was able to help pave the way for racial discrimination in the United States of America.

-Adriana Uy