Dir. Ava DuVernay, English, USA, 2014
Sat 31 January 2015 // 14:00 / Cinema
David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Tim Roth as George Wallace, featuring also Cuba Gooding jr., Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Giovanni Ribisi, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Sheen, etc.
The unforgettable true story chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay's "Selma" tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. Written by Miss W J Mcdermott
Bethany Elen Coyle - Co-ordinator Journey to Justice NE
Professor Brian Ward - Professor of American studies at Northumbria University
Chi Onwurah - MP
+ Ladies of the midnight blue are going to have a preview screening of their new video 'Protest Culture'
Journey to Justice (JtoJ) is a community organisation We are a volunteer-led national alliance of educators, students, artists, film-makers, musicians, historians, archivists, curators, trade unionists, politicians, youth and community groups, human rights and faith organisations.
Mission: to inspire and empower people to take action for social justice through learning from human rights movements.
We aim to:
Reawaken public awareness of the long history in the UK and globally of individuals and movements who take a stand for freedom, equality and human rights.
Educate through creative arts and multimedia programmes which excite debate.
Motivate people to see that injustice can be challenged and that they have the knowledge and skills to play an important role in bringing about change.
Equip people to take practical action for social justice, encompassing an intergenerational approach.
Build a network of people working for social justice and human rights.
‘We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.’ (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1963)
Dr. King’s belief that our lives are inextricably interrelated is a message that transcends time, place and fighting racism. The US civil rights movement remains a universal symbol for people who struggle for social and economic justice on every continent. Our first project will be a dynamic travelling exhibition focused on that movement, telling the extraordinary story of seven of the less well-known men, women and children involved. The exhibition combined with a series of workshops will examine key events, and themes, demonstrating what leads people to become and stay active in campaigns. We will highlight factors which make a campaign succeed, including courage, organisation, allies, leadership, training, funding, tactics, publicity, persistence and the use of music and arts. We chose to pilot our work in Newcastle because the University awarded Dr. King an honorary degree and because of the region’s proud history of movements for social justice. Part of the exhibition will focus on a time when local people joined together to challenge injustice. We are delighted to have been offered a room for our exhibition at the Discovery Museum in April 2015.