Selma represents a shift in our thinking and a change in actions. No one ever got anywhere by doing nothing. When systems of bondage and injustice exist it is up to those living under and around those systems to step up to the plate and force change through meaningful action with all grace, humility and strength.
The Revolution will not be televised not because of powerful political pundits, socioeconomic status & gain or for the suppression and repression of a people because of a false sense of racial supremacy but rather an unwillingness to change one’s mind.
What is Selma? What does Selma mean to us? Is it still important? How do we apply the life lessons from the Civil Rights Generation to ours and ones to come?
Selma pushed and inaugurated the Civil Rights Movement into the national and international spotlight. It was the start of a march for equal voting rights in 1965 in Selma, Alabama, USA that ended in that state’s capital (it’s sad when people avoid history as if it never existed). What’s ever more We’llgladly go to the movies and watch American Sniper and shun Selma for sake of American Patriotism, when both are equally important – and Selma offering a greater contribution to the limited freedom that America is so proud to boast in. Needles to say, our country and culture benefit from the work and foundation that others laid before us in Selma. We cannot know where we are going until we look back and understand where we have come from. [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”@jeremyqbutler” suffix=”#selma #MLK #drking”]The March on Selma stood as a catalyst or a tipping point[/inlinetweet] that sent the nation into what appeared like “destruction and peril” to the proponents of an antiquated and unjust system. In contrast, it stood as a symbol of hope, freedom and a just and necessary cause to opponents of a system that perpetuated unfairness, discrimination and oppression.
What would happen if we personalized the Selma experience and applied its principles to our everyday lives without diminishing it’s historical value and relevance? What kind of results could we achieve in our families, businesses, organizations, work ethics and viewpoints?
One of the things that has to be faced is the process of waiting to change the system, how much we have got to do to find out who we are, where we have come from and where we are going. – Ella Baker
What Does Selma Teach Us?
- Change is inevitable and it is often met with resistance that is sometimes very painful to bare and observe
- st You cannot idly sit on the sidelines of history and expect results with no skin in the game
- Change takes courage. When truth is propelled into an idea, movement or atmosphere don’t be scared or afraid because the Lord your God is with you (Read Joshua 1)
- Strategically bring others into your dream and vision that God has given you. Often, a visionary will not always be the expert! Trust God to bring the experts to the vision he has given you so it may be executed in excellence
[inlinetweet prefix=”RT” tweeter=”@jeremyqbutler” suffix=”#quote #samhouston #selma”]A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under. – Sam Houston[/inlinetweet]
What does Selma mean to you? And how will you apply the truths from this March to your life?