The Long Walk Home is a 1990 film starring Whoppi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek. Friday evening June and I watched it for the second (or maybe the third) time, and we thoroughly enjoyed it again.
The film is set in Montgomery, Alabama, during the 1955 bus boycott in that city. The title of the movie comes, of course, from the fact that Odessa, Whoppi’s character, and all the African-Americans in Montgomery refused to ride the buses after the Rosa Parka incident, so for many of them every way involved the long walk home after work.
The movie is partly about the growing sympathy for the African-Americans in Miriam, Sissy’s character, for whom Odessa worked as the maid (like those in “The Help”). That, of course, caused tension between Miriam and her husband.
As we were watching the movie, I asked June why we didn’t have more knowledge of, and interest in, the Montgomery bus boycott when it was going on. But we were college freshmen then, and we had other things on our minds–like each other. (The fall of 1955 is when we stated dating.)
If you haven’t seen this film, or seen it recently, I would highly recommend it. It is perhaps especially meaningful to watch right at this time in memory of Treyvon Martin, the black teenager in Florida who was recently shot and killed.