Review: Martin Luther King Jr. Isn’t The Man You Thought You Knew In Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma’


With the unrest in Ferguson and racial tensions still tainting America, Ava DuVernay delivers an eerily timely piece of art with her latest motion picture Selma. The movie chronicles the strategic moves Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his team of lawyers, activists, community leaders and protesters made in order to get the Voting Rights Act of 1965 passed and thus change American history.

DuVernay also breaks away from the perfect facade that has surrounded Dr. King for many years. With tenderness, Selma shows Dr. King simply a man. DuVernay removes Dr. King from his historic pedestal and humanizes one of history’s most courageous figures. Check out the five things VIBE learned from Ava DuVernay’s Selma.