As we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this day gives us an opportunity to encourage colleagues, family and friends to reflect on civil rights and human rights - both our country's historical journey and how we each see our role in celebrating the common humanity of people from all walks of life in our own lives.
We seek ways for our workplaces, communities, schools and homes to foster diversity and inclusion. We seek opportunities to help others who are less fortunate. We understand that the behavior and attitudes we express are reflected by the children in our lives, and even by our co-workers.
This MLK Day, I thought we could benefit from a few great cinematic achievements to remind ourselves of our shared values, and to encourage others to honor Dr. King by sharing and watching inspiration on the screen.
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Reflect and enjoy!
Three Top Inspirational Movies
Selma tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s leadership in the movement for voting rights for African Americans in the South. Although segregation was struck down by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, discrimination was still rampant and it was difficult for blacks to register to vote. In what became the centerpiece of this fight, Dr. King leads his followers in a high profile non-violent protest in the face of violent opposition-an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. This courageous stand led to President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
McFarland U.S.A. tells the unlikely story of Jim White, a newcomer to a predominantly Latino community in California's Central Valley who creates a high school track team from a group of poor, farm working teens that quickly competes at a high level. The story explores how this outsider bonds with the local community and comes to recognize its strong family ties, incredible work ethic and commitment to teamwork. Coach White learns that while people may be of different cultures, these values and virtues are shared by all.
Boys Don't Cry tells the story of young female-to-male transgender Brandon Teena, who is forced to leave his hometown under threat when his ex-girlfriend's brother discovers that he's biologically female. Resettling in the small town of Falls City, Nebraska, Brandon falls for Lana, an aspiring singer, and begins to plan for their future together. But when her ex-convict friends learn Brandon's secret, the hatred and ignorance toward transgender individuals and those who are different is revealed.
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