From ‘Selma’ To ‘One Night In Miami’—10 Titles To Stream In Honor Of MLK And The Fight For Civil Rights
Ava DuVernay’s 2014 film, Selma, tells the story of the marches for voting rights led by Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the segregated South of the 1960s. Snubbed at the Academy Awards in 2015, the film became the trigger for a fresh kind of protest: #OscarsSoWhite, a social media campaign used to call out the industry’s history of racial inequities.
After the controversy that followed the snub (Selma took home only one award for Best Original Song), The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences pledged to double its number of women and “diverse members” by 2020. While the overall makeup of Oscar voters remains virtually unchanged and the seats of power in Hollywood are still controlled mostly by white men, the industry has seen some progress. According to the UCLA Hollywood Diversity report, people of color’s share of the writers credited for top Hollywood films increased to 13.9% in 2019, more than double what it was when Selma was playing in theaters, while women and people of color are now “within striking distance of proportionate representation in front of the camera.”
Today, as the nation celebrates King’s life and recognizes the ongoing fight against systemic racism, Selma can be seen on YouTube and Amazon Prime. Here are 10 other films and series about the movement for racial justice and the people who fought for it that are available for streaming.