The film on the 1960’s Civil rights movement was a very powerful and thought provoking film. It truly makes me appreciate my freedom, and how fortunate I am to live in this great nation. The direct action in this film focuses on a nonviolent approach to protesting. The civil rights activists were beaten down mentally and physically and it must have taken so much inner strength to not back down to any of the torture they went through.
I believe that the Governor of Alabama made one of the most powerful statements saying, “We cannot act as nurse maids to agitators.” Although this doesn’t seem packed with meaning, I believe it is because leaders should set good examples. Yes, this film takes place in a much different time than we live in today, but there were many good leaders around the country open to desegregation and freedom for all. He is a leader in the city, and thousands of citizens look up to him. I believe that this remark made it ok for the whites of Alabama to segregate and to be hateful towards blacks.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Fear not, we have gone too far to turn back.” I believe that this is very motivating and inspirational for the freedom riders. It would have been very difficult to keep moving forward when at times, it felt as though progress would never be made. I look up to these men and women for their perseverance and dedication to what they believed in and they never lost hope.
Diane Nash is a great source in this film because she was a leader of the freedom riders, and many people looked up to her. Diane Nash was a student at Fisk University, an all black University. She is very inspiring, positive and hopeful for the future.