WILMINGTON — A group of Wilmington High School students and staff gathered the evening of Feb. 8 in the school’s library in honor of Black History Month. They watched a special showing of the movie Selma, a historical drama based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, and Hosea Williams.
During the lunch hour on Feb. 11, students and staff were invited to participate in a follow-up discussion where they shared their reactions to the events that took place during the height of the Civil Rights Movement leading up to the marches in Selma.
The discussion focused on the importance of understanding and analyzing America’s history in regards to the Civil Rights Movement and how Americans should live their lives today in a manner that both respects and honors the many people who sacrificed and continue to sacrifice for equality.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.