Sunday night, following the premiere of the new movie Selma, which chronicles Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic march through Selma, Alabama in 1963, the film’s director and cast showed solidarity with Michael Brown and Eric Garner protesters when they posed for a picture on NYC’s Public Library in the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” position while wearing T-shirts with the phrase “I Can’t Breathe” emblazoned across the chest.
Actress Lorraine Toussaint spoke of the moment in an interview with Variety and said, “There are no accidents. I’m so proud to be a part of this film, and I’m so proud of Ava’s accomplishment. To bear witness to the fact that this voice is being heard at this moment … it speaks to the times and the needs of this time, too.”
Connection between Ferguson, Missouri and Selma, Alabama have been made before, most notably from former Civil Rights icon and Democratic congressman John Lewis, who referred to Ferguson as the “modern-day Selma” in an interview last month.