Heartland: A More Perfect Union
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“A More Perfect Union” is a powerful film about Theresa Burroughs, a black woman in 1940s Alabama and her struggle to gain the ability to vote. The voiceover recalls how Burroughs and her pastor, Reverend JJ Simmons, would go every first and third Monday of the month to the board of registrars requesting to register to vote and being turned away.
Burroughs endured racial taunts as the board’s chairman, Mr. Cox, would give her the runaround and do everything in his power to keep her and the reverend from being able to vote. She recalls learning how to play dominoes due to the fact that spent endless hours waiting around watching the white men play as Cox kept up his act.
As Burroughs’ faith wavered, and she was ready to give up, Simmons wouldn’t let her give up the dream and after two years, their persistence ultimately paid off.
“A More Perfect Union” is a powerful film whose message is as important today as it was then and shouldn’t be ignored. The story is compelling and the animation is wonderful.