Selma, starring David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., chronicles King’s work in Washington and the rural South to secure voting rights for Blacks. Three marches took place in Selma, Alabama in 1965. It was this final march that caused President Lyndon Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Watch the trailer for Selma. 2014, rated PG13.
In April of 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr., was incarcerated in the Birmingham, Alabama city jail. His crime, along with about 50 other civil rights leaders and protestors, was marching through the streets of Birmingham in peaceful protest. Letter From Birmingham Jail was written in response to an open letter written by eight Christian and Jewish leaders, published in a Birmingham newspaper. In lieu of a book recommendation this month, we recommend you read Letter From Birmingham Jail.