'Selma' teaches teens hard-won history.
Local community leaders helping to co-sponsor the private viewing came out and sat alongside the younger crowd to see the film.
Aaron Bishop, a Richland 1 school board member, said he was overwhelmed to see so many kids watching a movie on a street in Columbia where African-Americans were once not allowed to walk freely.
“This is something that is totally amazing, because on a street that once didn’t allow people who were a different color to walk this street, we are here at The Nickelodeon theater on the same street watching ‘Selma,’ Bishop said. “We hope that social action will come out of this and people to come out to vote, getting people involved in politics at a later stage of their life as well as being responsible to their community.”
Following the screenings last weekend, talk-back sessions were held to discuss how voting fits into today’s culture. Bud Ferillo, director of the film “Corridor of Shame,” was joined by others from the community to share their thoughts on how voting has become polarized between white-Republican and black-Democratic voting districts.
Richland County Councilman Paul Livingston said he believes the screening will let young African-Americans see what they were molded from. “It creates the enthusiasm among them to say voting is important and to look at what folks really went through to give us the doctrine to vote,” Livingston said. “I’m sure that part of what’s going to be learned is how easy it is to make change when you step out and try to make a difference.”