Updated: Friday, 20 Feb 15
Birgitta and I saw Selma on Friday, 30 January, which we'd been looking forward to viewing ever since it was released last year. I am ashamed to say that I was oblivious to the actual events in Selma at the time they were occurring. But, in reviewing my own records and personal concerns in the search for the ARTIFACT, I am struck by their congruence with historic reality. See below for a few historic facts.
In a recent interview regarding the movie "Selma", former LBJ press secretary, Bill Moyers, said:
"[LBJ] asked King to give him more time to bring a few Southern ‘moderates’ over to the cause, but after King made the case that blacks had waited too long for too little, Johnson told him: “Then go out there and make it possible for me to do the right thing.” He wouldn’t have welcomed the bloodshed at the bridge, but when it happened he knew the time had come and within days he made his own famous ‘We Shall Overcome’ speech that transformed the political environment. (By the way, this is one of the weakest moments in the film.)A few facts:
Also, the director has a limpid president speaking in the Senate chamber to a normal number of senators. In fact, he made that speech in the House of Representatives where the State of Union speeches are delivered. Johnson was more animated and passionate than I have ever seen him, and I was standing very near him, off to the right. The nation was electrified. Watching on television, Martin Luther King Jr. wept. The film blows the possibility for true drama here — the drama of history happening right before our eyes. Nonetheless, go see it. You’ll be reminded of what happens when courage on the street is met by a moral response from power. [Emphasis added]
-Civil Rights Act: 2 Jul 64 [After this passed, LBJ invited David O. McKay to join the national Civil Rights Commission, which DOM accepted, but saying : "...the Negro will now have to prove himself."]
-Voting Rights Marches from Selma to Montgomery: March 7, 9 and 21, 1965.
-ENK Poem: Night, April 1965 ("...Dry rot unseen in lofty places; Un-shored structures hid by Blackness...")
-Creation of the ARTIFACT: 25 July 1965 [ENK's concern and surprising experience re Mormon policy behind priesthood ban of the Negro.]
-Voting Rights Act: 6 August 1965
-Watts Riots: 11-17 August 1965
-ENK Poem: Nathan's Cry: 26 September 1965 (Written to DOM: "Must there be strife before the truth is known? That which came before would clear the eye for Light...")
-Mormon Church removes priesthood ban: 8 June 1978. [Apparently the Negro had "proved" himself to the LDS Church authorities!]
To be continued: