Racial Equity Initiative: Movies to Watch, Educate, and Discuss Together
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It can be a long process to understand the way our systems and structures prop up and cause racial inequality – especially for people who haven’t suffered directly and may even have benefited from these systems. One way to begin is by watching great movies or reading books that illustrate key aspects of systemic racism. The stories and images can shape our imaginations in powerful ways, and film can be a force for rewiring how viewers see the world off-screen, too.
As part of Calvary’s Racial Equity Initiative (REI) to recognize and to educate ourselves about systemic racism and to explore the unconscious bias in our own hearts and minds, we are launching a series of programs to help promote discussion and understanding. Discussing selected movies that illustrate the effects of systemic racism is one form of education. Be on the lookout for news about our book discussions too.
Register to join us online via Zoom to participate in a facilitated discussion of the movie.
Important Note: Participants should watch the movie on your own prior to the event.
This month: Selma
This unforgettable true story chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. It also features other heroes of the civil rights era, including the young John Lewis who later became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Directed by Ava DuVernay, Selma tells the story of how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.
MPAA rating: PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including violence, a suggestive moment, and brief strong language.
Common Sense Media: For 13+ | Outstanding drama about MLK Jr.’s fight for equal rights.
Selma can be found on a variety of platforms including Amazon Prime, Apple TV, YouTube, Google Play, and Hulu.
Calvary’s Racial Equity Initiative statement of purpose:
We recommit to recognizing and dismantling racism and unconscious bias in our own hearts and minds, in the institution of the church, and in the broader culture. We will provide a space to process what we are seeing and learning and to discern our call as a community of faith to take action toward these goals. Our shared set of values and mission calls us to transform lives for Christ: that now calls us to transform our own lives to be less complicit in racist aspects of our culture, to transform the lives of those who have historically faced oppression by helping eradicate systemic racism disproportionately affecting them, and to be the hands and feet of Christ by opposing institutions and practices everywhere that deny the full humanity of all God’s children.