MLK Civil rights film “Selma” at the Loft





SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 AT 7:00PM | REGULAR ADMISSION PRICES at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson

“See the Oscar-winning 2014 drama Selma, followed by an onstage discussion with journalist and author Diane McWhorter, whose acclaimed book “Carry Me Home,” an account of the civil rights revolution in Birmingham, Alabama, won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.

Journalism on Screen is an ongoing series combining films that explore the world of journalism with lively discussions with experts and industry professionals. Presented by The New York Times, The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, The University of Arizona School of Journalism, The Arizona Inn and The Loft Cinema.

Selma is the story of a movement. The film 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 (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-winning a Selma tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo, delivering an unforgettable performance) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. (Dir. by Ava DuVernay, 2014, USA, 127 mins., Rated PG-13)

Rebecca Diane McWhorter is a journalist, commentator and author who has written extensively about race and the history of civil rights. Her book, “Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution,” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction and the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize in 2002. She is also the author of the 2004 book “A Dream of Freedom,” a young adult history of the civil rights movement. “page of USA Today, Slate, and many other publications.”



  1. Thanks for your comments about MLK. I have only seen the preview of “Selma” and it sounds like a powerful movie.

  2. MLK was in town to attend a pro-union event when he was assassinated.

    He was against the war in Vietnam, saying that every bomb dropped was food from a poor baby’s mouth.

    He was campaigning for the redistribution of wealth to combat poverty. Not just for black people, for all poor people.

    He did so much more than fight racism, he was fighting for everyone, and sadly most people are not aware.

    Which made it all the more hilarious when Glenn Beck announced a few years ago that he was taking back Dr. King’s legacy. Glad to know Beck’s flock are onboard with what sounds a lot like Bernie Sanders platform.

    MLK was a truly great American.

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