Ava DuVernay, the director of SELMA, asked me to share this special video message with you about the #SelmaHandInHand program.
and entering the password thankyou.
Values Partnerships has been so honored to lead “Selma Hand in Hand” around the country, working with Ava, Paramount Pictures, David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, Different Drummer and so many of you.
Because of this work, people from diverse backgrounds are watching this extraordinary film together, across racial, religious, geographic and other lines of division. Even more importantly, we’re seeing new conversations and new relationships form that help bridge these differences. Particularly in the times that we’re living in today, I think these conversations and relationships are so critically important.
And this movement is just beginning. Congregations can still sign up to host“Hand in Hand” events and conversations. Business leaders have come together to sponsor tickets to SELMA for school children. The press is reporting on “Hand in Hand” efforts around the country (see for example here,here, here, here, here, here, and here). From Nashville to Sanford, FL; Detroit to Fairfield, CA; Indianapolis to Atlanta and Columbus, GA; NYC to Los Angeles; Charlotte to Biloxi; Kansas City to Charleston to Spokane and so many points in between, people of faith are standing up for reconciliation and justice.
We are so thankful for the work you’ve done to bring SELMA alive in your community. If you’ve already seen the film – keep spreading the message! If you haven’t seen it yet – you are in for a powerful treat. In any event, please know that we appreciate you, and look forward to continuing our work together in the future.