Sisters of Selma
Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change
After the violence of "Bloody Sunday" in 1965, Catholic sisters from around the country followed their faith to join the voting rights protests in Selma, Alabama. Never before in American history had vowed Catholic women made so public a political statement.
Risking personal safety to bring change, the sisters were themselves changed - and they tell us how. Selma's African Americans attest to the imporantance of Catholic clergy in their lives - and explain how it took another 35 years to become fully enfranchised.
In 2003, director Jayasri Hart reunited the nuns to view themselves and the protests on tape for the first time. Selmians, Catholic and Protestant, offer their views on the nun's contributions to history. A powerful, affirming new story of faith and justice arises from events we thought we knew.