"From Selma to Stonewall" explores the intersection of race, gender and sexuality in the American civil rights struggle.
As civil rights come under fire in this country, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday takes on renewed importance. The groundbreaking documentary From Selma to Stonewall explores the common bonds between the black community and LGBT people, and acknowledges the friction that has also existed between the two groups.
Marilyn Bennett, an author and LGBT activist, created the film with Rev. Gil Caldwell, an 83-year old straight black Methodist pastor and a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King in Selma.
Bennett and Caldwell met more than 15 years ago, when she worked with him on making the United Methodist Church more inclusive. Their unique relationship fostered a discussion of common struggles and goals, as well as an acceptance of differing perspectives and life experiences.
“We ended our journey in making the film with new-found hope at the intersections,” said Bennett.
“Given the current political climate, including the apprehension of many for what is to come in the aftermath of the 2016 elections, it’s particularly salient that our film focuses on acute issues very much in the headlines… including police brutality, racial injustice and transgender discrimination.”
Caldwell says it is essential for black activists and advocates of LGBT rights to understand and support each other.
“As a longtime, straight, LGBT rights activist, as an advocate and ally of others, my life has only been enriched,” he insists. “I wish that more persons would experience that.”
The film, and bringing its message to the public, says Caldwell, “is my way of keeping Dr. King’s dream alive.”
From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet? will screen in multiple venues in Dallas from February 7 to 12. It is also for sale on the film’s website.
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