SELMA LESSON PROMPT - Excerpt Pettus Bridge 2nd Attempt PART 2

Watch Documenting the Mvmt: Selma Excerpt Pettus Bridge 2nd Attempt PART II

SELMA LESSON PROMPT - Documenting the Movement:  Selma Excerpt, Pettus Bridge 2nd Attempt PART II

Download or Stream Documenting the Movement Lesson Prompt for the motion picture SELMA.  This clip features the film's dramatization of the second attempt to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge.  This clip correlates with Lesson #11 in the SELMA Curriculum Guide and is Part II to Documenting the Movement.  Part I features archived newsreel footage of Turnaround Tuesday, the second attempt to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge.  

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Prompt Question:  Compare or contrast the depictions of the same event from these two sources.  Which account should be considered primary and why?

Run time:  3:58


In spring of 1965, a series of dramatic events changed the course of America and the modern concept of civil rights forever -- as courageous marchers, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., attempted three times to carry out a peaceful procession from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama on a quest for the basic human right to vote.   The shocking confrontations, the triumphant final march and the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that followed are now an indelible part of history.  But the vitally relevant, vitally human story of Selma – from the political battles in the halls of power to the grit and faith of people on the street to the private, inner struggles Dr. King faced – has never been seen on the movie screen.

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