Black History From Selma to San Francisco - MLK to BlackLivesMatter


Tiny - Posted on 01 February 2015

Author: 
RYME Youth Skolaz at Deecolonize Academy/PNN
I marched with my fellow students and family and POOR Magazine and Deecolonize Academy school for Dr Martin Luther King by Queena, 9 yrs old

The fight for civil rights has not changed because it's still going on. The police terror did not stop because the police are still killing black and brown people for standing up for their civil rights.

After the March we saw the movie Selma, what I thought about the movie was it was nice because the people had more unity back then, but at the same time the movie was sad because my family lost relatives in real life fighting for our rights.

The movie's director Ava Devernay did not get an oscar because white amerikkka will not reward a director for making a movie about a peacful black martyr that amerikkka murdered.

After the movie, POOR MAGAZINE and the DEECOLONIZE youth skolarz invited the audience to join them in the die-in. Only two people out of the whole crowd participated with POOR. It gave me the feeling that not too many people cared about the rights of Black people, so the struggle continues.

We Began the Day Marching for MLK
By Ty- Ray Taylor, 12

My mom and I drove downtown and met up with our POOR Magazine/Deecolonize Academy family. We started the march for MLK at 11 am. There were thousands of people, it was very powerful After the march we drove to the van ness movie theatre to see the movie Selma, about the life and work of Dr Martin Luther King Jr,

Police terror has killed lots of black and brown young men then and now.  The police are killing young men left and right for no reason . The fight for civil rights still exists in our neighborhoods today, lots of young people have been shot in their own neighborhoods for gang related reasons.

The Selma director Ava duvernay was not nominated for the oscar because she is an african american and she made a poweful movie about Martin luther king, a Black leader.


White Cops & Presidents
By Kimo,12 yrs old

The movie Selma shows us that white cops and the white president (johnson) were not accepting martin luther kings dream that he wanted black people to be allowed to vote because of martin luther king we are now able to vote

After the movie POOR magazine family made an announcement to the audience of over 300 people to join us and we marched out of the theatre to the corner of van ness and ofarell where we did a die-in. Sadly out of all the other people in the theatre only one single Black mother and her daughter joined our group of 15 people. That showed how many people cared .

The day started with a march for Martin,Luther King.  We walked from Townsend,St to the Metreon theatre and the march was about all people of color getting their rights and ending poverty,

 Tiny, another mother of mine said from her words ''that this was one of the biggest marches she ever seen and she also said that shes been to big ones'

After the march we went to go see Selma the movie.  When we got into the movie theater we seen another mom to me Queennandi she was in line,  Then we got into the movie  and I seen four girls going down the stairs at first I didn't know what was going on then I seen what happened it scared me, the bomb was set off and my other mom Queenandi said that the man who did it was a  man named dynamite Bob

Now we found out the director of the movie didn't get nominated for an Oscar for the great movie, maybe because the movie showed too much truth or maybe it was because it made the cops look bad or was it because the government is not on our side I am thinking and maybe I'll find the reason

MLK:the brave story of Selma

By Tiburcio, 11 yrs old

 I was surrounded by thousands of people protesting and telling and singing. It was January 19th 2015 in San Francisco,California and we marched for five blocks all around downtown San Francisco. I noticed that most companies like Wells Fargo and United Airline's hitching on to the march riding horse drawn carriages and giving shirts and candy to unbeliever’s. I believe that Martin Luther King’s work as an activist means today is that now we have to continue what he started as he said in 1963.

I believe that police terror now is the same as it was then. The police murder a lot of people for no reason. They did it then too. And what MLK's work did was tell us that we could fight back against police terror and how they inflict it.

After the march we went to see a movie. It was called Selma and was a bout how Martin Luther King marched into Selma, Alabama, and worked with snick to help get voting rights in Selma. To do that they had to march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. After the movie we called for a die in in front of the movie theater and only two people came with us. We did the die in to commemorate MLK's memory I believe that the Selma fight resonates now with the black lives matter movement. Back then it was voting for the government, and now it is fighting against the government.

I believe Selma was not nominated for an Oscar award because it put Martin Luther King in a good light and talked bad about police and how they inflict terror. And they think we the people black and brown and even white are getting brutalized for doing civil disobedience.That is peaceful non violent protesting.

Selma - then and now
By: Heidy, 15 yrs old

    The movie Selma by Director Ava Duvernay shows the Civil Rights movement led by Doctor Martin Luther King in the 1960's. The way he fought back against the white supremacist white people of the south is by civil disobedience, Martin Luther King was following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. Even today in the 21st century we still have to deal with racism, police terror. Back then they had to deal with the murder of black lives and even now we still have to suffer with the death of many of black lives of people of color. The Civil Rights movements is an inspiration for us today, it means so much to many people because that is what led to our freedom in some way.

    Police terror was a problem back then and still is now. MLK fought to stop the terror against people of color and we can relate to that because we are also fighting to stop the killing of people of color. Black lives matter no matter what period in time, and I doubt it will stop anytime soon so we will always fight for the equality of our people.

    I think director Ava Duvernay didn't get nominated for an Oscar because she is a woman of color. She made a very powerful film at a time that was extremely racist. The white people don't want to bring up the past and admit that their ancestors were horrible people. Hollywood is rooted to white supremacy, so its easy for them to deny an award to the people that bring up the past and their ancestors errors.

 

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