Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot

Come share in the experience of young African American leaders and participants in the Selma Movement of 1963-65.  This documentary features dear friends Bettie Mae Fikes, Charles A Bonner and other courageous youth.

Presented by Watsonville Film Festival and Pajaro Valley Arts free and open to all in the Community Room (4th floor) Civic Building, 275 Main Street, Watsonville. Thursday April 4, 2019 7:00-9:00 PM

This 40 minute documentary film from the Southern Poverty Law Center is narrated by Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, The Bridge to the Ballot is a crucial reminder that each of us has the ability to bring about powerful social change and will help inspire young people and communities across the nation to exercise their right to participate in our democracy. The documentary features the young students in the fight for voting rights in Selma, Alabama. They and their teachers stood up against injustice despite facing intimidation, arrests and violence. By organizing and marching these lesser known change-makers influenced one of the most significant victories of the civil rights era. Those who participated in civil rights work in the South will be recognized.

Double feature with: Willie Velasquez: Su Voto es Su Voz  a 53 minute PBS Film about the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project (SVREP) – Willie Velásquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice tells the story of a grass-roots activist who mobilized Latinos into a movement that permanently altered the American political landscape. Filmed in Southwest Texas, this documentary features the organization that trained some Watsonville activists to organize and register voters at time of Gomez v Watsonville. Those who participated in voter registration will be recognized.

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