Essay should be about 1-2 pages. If you have not seen the film, you can use other sources online.
Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change is a documentary that focuses on the actions of Roman Catholic sisters who peacefully demonstrated with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many other activists for voting rights in Selma, Alabama in 1965.These women participated in the most successful social justice movement in twentieth-century Christian history.However, little is known or written about them and why they committed themselves to this movement.This film helps introduce them to us.
After watching Sisters of Selma, write a brief essay in which you answer the following questions:How do you see the sisters engaging in civil rights work?
- Why did these sisters get involved in the civil rights movement?How did their fellow Catholics feel about their involvement in civil rights demonstrations?
- What do the sisters who participated in the Selma demonstrations say about their Christian beliefs inspired their activism for civil rights?
- Prayer is a big part of this film.When, where, how, and why does prayer play a role in the work for civil rights?What kinds of prayers do you notice in Sisters of Selma?
- What practical difference did Catholic sisters make in the Selma campaign?