Sewell comes home to watch ‘Selma’
One day after the movie “Selma” debuted at the Walton Theater, the crowds were back Saturday for a second round of screenings.
Among those in attendance were Congresswoman Terri Sewell, who made her way back home to watch the film with her parents, Selma natives, Coach Andrew and Nancy Sewell.
“It’s an awesome movie,” Sewell said. “I’m so excited to be able to share it with the city of Selma here today and especially with my mom and dad.”
According to her biography, Sewell graduated valedictorian from Selma High School before obtaining degrees from Princeton University and Oxford University and then her law degree from Harvard Law School.
She was elected into Congress in 2010, and is serving in her second term as a representative of Alabama’s 7th Congressional District, which includes Dallas County.
“Selma is a birthplace of voting rights and deserves to have its proper place in history,” Sewell said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues, Republicans and Democrats, to try to bring better opportunities here to Selma.”
Sewell said she hopes the movie will bring attention to Selma and begin to help rebuild the downtown area.
“I’m proud to be a daughter of Selma, to represent Selma in Congress,” Sewell said. “I really hope this movie will put a national spotlight on Selma such that others will come to Selma and help to revitalize the downtown area and revitalize the city economically. It’s not enough to come to Selma once a year and cross the bridge.”
The Congresswoman said Selma deserves the recognition that it is receiving from the film for what the city did for voting rights.
“I think it’s a long time coming that Selma gets its due recognition with respect to it being a pivotal place for the fight for civil and voting rights,” Sewell said. “I think that out of our painful past here in Selma, came a movement that changed a nation and that really let to a human rights movement globally.”
Sewell said even though the struggles that people went through were horrific, something positive came from it, and she hopes that positivity will continue to push forward.
“While what happened here 50 years ago was a tragedy, out of that tragedy came progress,” Sewell said. “And while we’re not where we want to be as a city and a state and as a nation, we are far cry better because of the courage of brave men and women, black and white, from various religious backgrounds who had the courage and fortitude to fight for equality and voting right for all Americans.”