The Impact of Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace is one of the most inspiring movies that I have had the privilege of watching. It was so touching to see how one man could change the course of history. It reminded me that it is possible to do great things with one's life. William Wilberforce's faith and determination really challenged me to evaluate my own life and gave me a strong passion for those in this world who are suffering and dying around us. It is easy to forget how blessed we are as Americans to have freedom. It does us good to frequently be reminded of all of the nations who do not have it.
I believe the professor introduced this film on our first day of class to give an example of the strong, impactful content of this class. This movie was shown as an effort to compel us to identify prejudices and ask ourselves how we can respond individually to the inequalities of the world we live in.
Before viewing this movie I am sad to say that I had never heard of William Wilberforce and knew nothing about how the British abolished slavery. Honestly, I am ashamed that I am also not all that familiar with how it happened in my own country, other than it was put into action by Abraham Lincoln. The movie was a remarkable insight into a previously unknown chapter of history to me. It has definitely captured my interest and I will be researching the topic more extensively!
Throughout the film I found myself moved to compassion and anger; compassion for those who were tormented and used for the profit of the rich, and anger against those in positions of authority who make terrible choices and misuse their authority for their own purposes.