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Research topic: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement in Selma

Selma, the movie, the recently released film inspired by the events of the Civil Rights Movement as led by Martin Luther King Jr., not only offers a chance to reflect back on the history of segregation in the U.S., but also is an opportunity to address the continuing racial inequality our nation struggles with.

Scene from Selma movie with Martin Luther King Jr. and supporters. (Credit: Hive Society)

Scene from Selma movie with Martin Luther King Jr. and supporters. (Credit: Hive Society)

However, the film has come under scrutiny, even before its release, as to how accurately it portrays the historical events it is based upon. Read more

Honoring heroes, creating social change for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Monument

Martin Luther King Jr. Monument

Since 1986, the U.S. federal government has observed a national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights activist whose nonviolent message and words of hope helped to create a vision for a future of racial equality. Martin Luther King Jr. also advocated for social change and justice, and a great number of people list him among their heroes. In 2011, the Martin Luther King Memorial monument was erected on the Washington National Mall.

Since their establishment, some have wondered: does a holiday or a monument honor King’s legacy, or undermine his message by normalizing it? And just how do people identify heroes? Read more