“Selma” (2014)

Selma Movie Poster

“Selma” provides a snapshot of Martin Luther King, Jr. (portrayed by David Oyelowo) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s (SCLC) efforts to the end the systematic suppression of black voting and other civil rights in the South. While blacks legally had the right to vote, various forms of intimidation along with voter registration tests were used to dissuade them from exercising their right.

I’d recommend checking out “Selma” if you’re interested in history, dramas, social / civil issues, or the Civil Rights Movement. 2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches and the Voters Rights Act of 1965. In light of recent events and the Supreme Court voting to amend sections of the Voters Rights Act the movie felt especially relevant to modern times.

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is a slave narrative and quite similar in theme to 12 Years a Slave. The main difference between the two is that the protagonist of Incidents is a female who was born into slavery. The book recounts Harriet Jacobs’ life from early childhood to about her late twenties or early thirties.

Black Boy by Richard Wright

A short review of the autobiographical book “Black Boy” by Richard Wright.