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February 22, 2020

1/4/2020 7:30:00 AM
Northwoods to commemorate MLK, Jr. Day with a candlelight vigil and movie
By Cheryl Hanson
Submitted article

The public is encouraged to attend the annual commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the only event of its kind in the Northwoods, organized by the Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (NUUF).

The remembrance will begin with a candlelight vigil at4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, at Veterans' Park in downtown Minocqua, immediately followed by a 5:30 p.m. showing of the critically acclaimed movie "Selma" at Lakeland Cinema in Woodruff.

Admission to the movie is free.

"Selma" is based on the true story of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s heroic efforts, in the face of violent opposition, to secure voting rights for African Americans.

The movie is set against the backdrop of racial unrest, including the recent church bombings claiming the lives of five young African American girls. It chronicles a turbulent three-month period in 1965, during which time the historic march from Selma to Montgomery led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

"Selma" received four Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Director and Best Actor and won for Best Original Song.

It was also nominated for Best Picture and won Best Original Song at the 87th Academy Awards.

On the movie review site Rotten Tomatoes, the film achieved an approval rating of 99 percent fresh.

According to Washington Post movie reviewer Ann Hornaday, in "Selma" "the civil rights movement and its heroes aren't artifacts from the distant past, but messengers sent on an urgent mission for today. There are several reasons to see 'Selma' - for its virtuosity and scale, scope and sheer beauty. But then there are its lessons, which have to do with history, but also today: Selma invites viewers to heed its story, meditate on its implications and allow those images once again to change our hearts and minds."

Selma is rated PG-13. It contains violence, a suggestive moment, and brief strong profanity. Co-sponsors of this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day commemoration include: Nicolet College, Ascension Lutheran Church, St. Matthias Episcopal Church, St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, League of Women Voters of the Northwoods, the Northwoods Branch of the American Association of University Women, and the Northern Wisconsin Center for Working People.

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