Spielberg's Selma, And The Fight For Equality In The Movie

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The fight for racial equality has continued for more than 100 years,. In the movie Lincoln, Spielberg portrays part of the struggle the African Americans faced, and the first milestone: The passing into law of the 13th amendment, which ended involuntary servitude and the civil war. Being the sixteenth president of the USA, Lincoln was eager to end the war and end the racial inequality that existed at the time. Similarly in the movie Selma, the fight for equality is still present, as segregation existed before the civil rights act of 1964. Unfortunately, even after the act was passed and Martin Luther King won the noble peace prize for the ban of segregation, people needed time to absorb the change especially in the southern states. While both movies share a lot in common, a lot of differences exist. Like Lincoln, Selma is about the procedures of political maneuvering that allowed the resulting deal. However, in Selma, African Americans play a more important role in getting their rights and the media has a bigger influence, while in Lincoln, it’s the white people who lead all the action. Both movies illustrate the citizens United States skirmish to make the American promise of equality, liberty and pursuit of happiness a reality. In Selma Martin Luther King used a peaceful demonstration to focus citizens and Washington’s attention to the matter of black…show more content…
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