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  • Originally published 03/06/2015

    From Selma to Black Power

    Benjamin Hedin

    Only a few miles away from where the legendary march began, a new phase of civil-rights activism gathered momentum.

  • Originally published 03/06/2015

    GOP leaders to skip Selma event

    ‘They’ve lost an opportunity to show the American people that they care,’ one black lawmaker says.

  • Originally published 03/06/2015

    “The American Promise” — LBJ’s Finest Hour

    Gary May

    It is unusual when a presidential address stands the test of time. Lyndon Johnson’s “The American Promise” belongs in that special group of historic speeches. It still speaks to an America torn by racial discord and a challenge to the right to vote for all.

  • Originally published 03/05/2015

    The Riot That Sparked the Selma March

    Gary May

    The racist violence in Selma, Alabama, 50 years ago lives in history as ‘‘Bloody Sunday,’’ but do not forget the February night of vigilantism in Marion that inspired the Selma March.

  • Originally published 01/28/2015

    How the Martin Luther King estate controls the national hero’s image

    Selma director Ava DuVernay may well have taken more license than artistically necessary in the confrontational scenes between Martin Luther King Jr. and President Johnson. But inaccuracies in other significant parts of the film were forced upon DuVernay by copyright law.

  • Originally published 01/19/2015

    The Slippery Slope We’re on with Selma

    Sheldon Stern

    Historical manipulation, even for the best of motives, can easily become a slippery slope on which no one can safely keep their footing.

  • Originally published 01/18/2015

    'Selma' Backlash Misses The Point

    Joseph Peniel

    The critiques are part of a larger debate about who owns American history, especially the portions of that history that were led, organized and shaped in large part by African-Americans.

  • Originally published 01/18/2015

    Not Just a Movie

    Maureen Dowd

    Artful falsehood is more dangerous than artless falsehood, because fewer people see through it.

  • Originally published 01/16/2015

    What I Know about Selma

    Bernard Weisberger

    Selma is worth seeing, but does the director’s decision to falsely claim that LBJ conspired with J. Edgar Hoover against King encourage truth-twisting?

  • Originally published 01/16/2015

    What Happened in Selma?

    Alan Singer

    As a result of the focus on King, two of the civil rights movement's more powerful vignettes, both covered in the documentary Eyes on the Prize, are left out of the movie.

  • Originally published 01/15/2015

    Here Are Some Possible Reasons Why Selma Keeps Getting Snubbed

    Some, like Peniel Joseph, a history professor at Tufts University, have argued that the recent backlash against the film for its supposed misrepresentation of Lyndon Johnson is an attempt by white viewers to maintain control over the Civil Rights narrative.

  • Originally published 01/13/2015

    Contrary to "Selma," tapes of LBJ show cordiality with King (Video)

    The new movie "Selma' took in more than $11 million at the box office this weekend, second only to "Taken 3." There as been a lot of controversy about the historical accuracy of "Selma," especially its portrayal of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. We checked the record.

  • Originally published 01/12/2015

    “Selma” overlooks the role of Ralph Abernathy

    Ron Radosh

    Selma’s director DuVernay apparently gave in to the wishes of the King family that Abernathy’s role be diminished, perhaps because of his disclosures over MLK’s womanizing.

  • Originally published 01/11/2015

    ‘Selma’ vs. History

    Elizabeth Drew

    By distorting an essential truth about the relationship between Lyndon Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King over the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Selma has opened a very large and overdue debate over whether and how much truth the movie industry owes to the public.