Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot is a new documentary from Teaching Tolerance that narrates the story of a courageous group of teachers, students and activists, who fought a nonviolent battle to win voting rights for African Americans in the South of the USA during the 1960s.
Confronted with a tough and segregationist state, and a federal government slow to fully embrace equality; the group of activists marched bravely against intimidation, violence, arrest and even murder.
Selma tells a powerful and real story about freedom and struggle. The documentary combines historic film footage, interviews, photos, and drawings to show a compelling part of the civil rights era.
If you are a teacher, you can get the documentary and accompanying teaching kit for free. To place you order go to Teaching Tolerance.
The kit includes:
The documentary, Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot (40 minutes); a viewer’s guide to help you plan how you’ll teach about the Selma-to-Montgomery marches, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and voting issues today; a timeline of activities and events leading up to and following the marches; and a map of Alabama illustrated with locations significant to the voting rights struggle.