Movies like Selma create a false impression of the 1960s and the 1950s which lead up to them. As great a man as Martin Luther King was, he was but one leader. The movements weren’t all about him even though he gave voice to the movements.
When I remember the Civil Rights Movement I remember the kids sitting in at the lunch counters. I remember SNCC and the voter registration drives, the people black and white who gave their lives for equality.
I have a hard time viewing the narcissism of today’s activists as being the modern equivalent of those who put their bodies against the wheel, those who refused to move even though failure to move meant arrest.
We need to honor the message of Martin Luther King not create a hagiography about him.