In the weeks following the release of the Oscar-nominated film “Selma,” Rev. Jesse Jackson along with Charley Moore, Mitch Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein hosted a private screening of the film in San Francisco’s historic Vogue Theatre.
Following the film, a discussion with Jackson, Post Publisher Paul Cobb, Ben Jealous, Mitch and Freada Kapor reflected on the struggle for civil rights 50 years ago and the movement that has gained steam today.
Jackson said the current fight is not one that should be viewed “from the rear view mirror, but the front windshield. This fight is as alive today as it was yesterday.”
Referring to the alarming voter suppression activity going on throughout the nation, former NAACP President Ben Jealous said, “The laws are being modified so that people can’t use their college ID to register to vote in places like Texas and Florida. This is deeply impacting the number of registered voters.”
Cobb shared his experience marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Harry Belafonte in 1965.
“It was a really scary time but we were committed and vested in the fight,” said Cobb. “The brutality that took place on the bridge was very accurate.”
Simply registering the more than 50 million non-registered Black and Brown voters in the nation would be enough voting power to change the nation and fight the GOP agenda, he explained.
“Jesse Jackson’s run for president in the 80s was unprecedented in the number of voter registrants,” Cobb said.
“This was a very powerful movie and I hope it sparks the necessary dialogue between OG’s like me with the young G’s who are protesting for change today,” he said.
Freada Kapor, founder of the Level Playing Field Institute and Kapor Center for Social Impact, featured two graduates of her STEM education SMASH program that is designed to prepare minorities for employment and innovation in the tech world.
“These young people are fine examples of what happens when you add capital to ideas and invest in our children,” she said.
Donations from the screening benefitted the Kapor Center for Social Impact and the Citizenship Education Fund.
Attending the screening, Dr. Joseph Bryant, Jr., national director of the Rainbow PUSH Sports Division, said, “Do not lose sight of the future and its possibilities. We have a lot of work to do, but together we can get it done.”