Friday, November 13, 2009

Sisters of Selma

This is not something new, but I just had the opportunity to watch this wonderful DVD, Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change. Made by Alabama Public Television with funding from numerous sources including the Catholic Communications Campaign, the documentary interviews some of the nuns from different congregations who traveled to Selma, Alabama in 1965 to march with civil rights protestors.

They include some of the first African American women to enter the religious life and, as a side, you get some perspective on how much discrimination existed within the Church itself in those days. The nuns were reunited by the filmmaker to view themselves and the protests on tape for the first time and to discuss their experiences in retrospective. Selmians, both Catholic and Protestant, offer their views on the nuns’ contributions to history.

This would be an excellent film to air for any parish social justice group or for a youth group. There is also a homepage for the film at


Black nun discusses her role in ‘60s rights movement, Florida Catholic (CNS), 2/18/2009

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