Thursday, January 22, 2015
Where Was I?
I went to the Selma matinee today and was the only one in the theatre. Not so unusual at the early matinees, but I did expect at least a few other people. It was a great movie, hard to watch but I know I'll watch it again later. I think some folks were right - it would have been nice to see an Oscar nomination for David Oyelowo, as well as the director.
The Selma march was in my young adult lifetime but I don't remember it. I was a sophomore in college and at that time there were no tv's in rooms and I rarely watched. During the Kennedy assination and funeral we gathered in an upstairs lounge and watched as often as we could, but I don't remember watching Selma at all. I rarely saw a newspaper.
It's discouraging to me now to think that I missed this part of history because I had my head down in books and class and work. I don't remember that we discussed it in classes. I know I was taking French and probably intro to journalism and a photography class. Probably English of some sort.
And the next year I was in off-campus housing and probably missed all current events. I hope that today's college students are better informed.