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Posted October 1, 2010
The Long Walk Home--Movie Needed in Your Home
The Long Walk Home, a movie portraying the life of an African-American maid during the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955 and 1956, was very impressive. The movie started with Odessa Cotter’s family hearing of Rosa Parks’ arrest on a Montgomery bus because of her refusal to move to the back and a let a white have her seat. All of the blacks in Montgomery had been asked not to use bus transportation on Monday, December 5, 1955, They were determined to take a stand for their rights. Walking to work or school wouldn’t hurt the blacks, and missing one day of school if they couldn’t walk would not damage a black student’s school record tremendously. Led by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., the bus boycott took place. The movie even played some recordings of the valued man’s speeches! The movie showed the massive gatherings outside of black churches to listen to the inspiring words of Dr. King, and to sing hymns of praise and hope to God. The movie also brought to the attention of its viewers the outlook of the white man amidst all the chaos of the Montgomery bus boycott. White men felt that negroes wanted to get farther in the world than they were willing to work for. While Odessa was a hard-working black maid, “she didn’t show her true self or intentions to her employers,” or so they felt. The informative film revealed how hard African-Americans toiled for their complete rights of equality, with nonviolent protests they participated in led by Montgomery Improvement Association president Dr. King. The movie also tactfully portrayed how the Ku Klux Klan treated blacks, as well as the not-so-well-known White Citizen’s Council, whom Odessa’s male employer participated in. It showed how the Council tried to shut down the boycott and a carpool for black workers, only to be opposed. The motion picture delightfully illustrated how perseverant the bus boycott of the 1950s was. The Long Walk Home is a great supplement for learning about the civil rights movement. Without unnecessary violence or language, John Cork’s screenplay gives viewers of this day and age a look at how their ancestors might have observed the behaviors of those around them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Montgomery, not Birmingham!
This movie is about the ''Montgomery Bus Boycott'', not Birmingham. It was even filmed in Montgomery, AL, my dad was an extra. Please correct your synopsis. Thanks!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.