Highlights From Our MLK, Jr. Event
Let us turn our thoughts today to Martin Luther King
and recognize that there are ties between us, all men and women living on the Earth.
Ties of hope and love, sister and brotherhood, that we are bound together
in our desire to see the world become a place in which our children can
grow free and strong.
We are bound together by the task that stands before us and the road that lies ahead.
We are bound and we are bound.Congressman Scott Peters welcomed the attendees and shared that he was the son of a Methodist minister and had met Dr. King at his father’s congregation. Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey presented a Proclamation commemorating the day’s event to the Film Festival and Glorietta Bay Inn’s general manager Claudia Ludlow shared that she was a fourth-generation Coronadan of African-American descent. The afternoon concluded with the showing of “Selma” at Village Theatre, courtesy of the day’s co-sponsor, Lance Alspaugh of Vintage Cinema. The 2014 film was introduced by the film’s co-executive directors, Doug St. Denis and Andy Friedenberg. Friedenberg noted that Selma was nominated for 87 awards and won 57 awards internationally but was nominated for only two Academy Awards: Best Picture and Best Original Song, Glory, written by John Legend and Common. It won for Glory, but most significantly, the Academy snubbed Ava DuVernay for Best Director. A huge backlash erupted in the African-American community including several Academy members who refused to attend the 2015 Oscar ceremony. The Academy acknowledged the deficit in its ranks and pledged to change its membership makeup to better reflect the country’s demographics. The Film Festival presented all MLK, Jr. events free to the public.