Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Tip#965: The Power of Community and The Media, Pt.3 - Selma

I have an iPhone app called Happynote and each day I add 3 things I am happy and grateful for. It always reminds me of the beauty and good in my life like my neighborhood I’ve grown to love over the past few years I’ve been here. There is a wonderful community of Italian, Filipino, Jamaican, Ukrainian people and more living peacefully side by side.

That’s why it was shocking to hear about the mass shootings in a gay nightclub in Orlando Florida recently. When these senseless tragedies against fellow human beings occur it feels like a rip into the fabric of our global community. Synchronistically, that same night and hours before the shootings, I was compelled to see the film Selma for the first time. There were difficult scenes to watch and yet it mirrored the violence that I would soon learn about in Orlando the next morning via the media.

Selma (2014)

The historical drama, Selma, is a about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelow) and his campaign to secure equal voting rights via a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. This film is, at times, a meditative chronicle of real-life events that then explodes into shocking and haunting acts of violence. It also shows the incredible resilience, tenacity and leadership of King’s vision and dream for equality. See: movie trailer

The scenes of racial hate and violence were painful to watch and yet the scenes of King’s speeches were uplifting. Also inspiring to see were the epic shots of hundreds of people, both black and white, coming together in common support of equal rights. It was emotional and breathtaking to see them marching peacefully arm in arm.

And this happened because the media was able to capture the atrocities that occurred on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. People and politicians across the country were able to witness crimes against humanity and then take action. They were inspired to become part of an important community for change.

Inspiring Themes:
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Strategic Thinking
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Strength in Community
• Ethical, Legal & Political points-of-view

Throughout history a stronger sense of community always grows out of its painful periods. People help one another overcome unexpected crisis and find strength in each other. Find movies that remind you about the power of community to inspire you through difficult times. And if you are currently part of a loving, caring community then I hope you feel overflowing gratitude for this gift!

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Tip#517: The Power of Community and The Media, Pt.1 – Big Miracle
Tip#808: The Power of Community and The Media, Pt.2 - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
Tip#965: The Power of Community and The Media, Pt.3 - Selma

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