Mr. David Oyelowo
Othello (Until Jan 18 2017)
c/o New York Theatre Workshop
79 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
Dear Mr. Oyelowo,
My name is Matt Winick and I’m a fan of your acting. My favorite movie that you played in was Selma. In January 2016, I enjoyed seeing Selma in movie theaters. In Selma, I enjoyed learning about Martin Luther King Jr.’s Civil Rights legacy and him marching in Selma through Montgomery to protest for the need for Voting Rights Act to help protect minorities from being discriminated in voting. In Selma, I really thought that you did an excellent job portraying Martin Luther King Jr. because I liked on how you made MLK have a powerful traits like not giving up when there was obstacles or working on other strategies, being passionate about giving speeches to help motivate African Americans including other people from different background like some whites, other minorities, and women especially religious people to support Civil Rights, and balancing between his activism while caring for his family. Also in the movie, I liked learning about how President Johnson had different thoughts about whether to support MLK’s march or stand by politics, understand what Governor George Wallace’s personality like his bigotry, and how African Americans including other people who supported Civil Rights. Another thing that I liked at the end of the movie was on how it paid a tribute to the MLK Family for their hard work on Civil Rights, explained significant people like John Lewis on how they play a role after the Civil Rights movement, and how President LBJ continue his commitment to Civil Rights including expand on Voting Rights Act.
Mr. Oyelowo, I have Autism with a learning disability. Having a disability is hard for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning different subjects, sometimes I struggle to communicate my thoughts, and get teased. Another thing that I face struggles with a disability is losing friends, have trouble finding friends, people use bigotry or prejudice on me due to having a disability. Your role as MLK in Selma really inspires me to work hard on my disability and to continue my interest in history when I face different obstacles. History is one of my favorite subjects because it helps motivates me to work hard on my disability when I face different struggles, understand the need to make Civil Rights stronger to reduce discrimination for people who are different, and learn how famous people like MLK or many other people who work hard to make society better, and many others. A few years ago, I visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site in Atlanta, Georgia. In the site, I enjoyed seeing MLK’s home to learn more about his family, visit his with his wife Coretta Scott King gravesite to pay my respect, see EBENEZER Church where MLK would give speeches as a minister, and explore the exhibits in the King Center to learn more about MLKs life with his legacy for Civil Rights. MLK is a great influential to me because his commitment for Civil Rights including being an advocate for people with disabilities; rights really inspires me to work hard when there are challenges and to continue to work hard on my disability.
Mr. Oyelowo, from my strong interest in learning history and enjoy learning about MLK’s legacy I strongly believe that you really made MLK a great historical figure in Selma and really made Selma a great movie. I’m very proud on how you worked hard to make it a great movie. Selma had a great message in the movie like the need not to oppress people who are different (women, minorities, people with different religion preferences, and people with disabilities), learn not to repeat the same mistakes in the past, emphasize the need to continue to make Civil Rights including Voting Rights stronger, and many others. Also as a fan of biopic movies including a fan of historical based movies, I am very proud to call Selma one of my favorite movies. You have inspired me to work hard on my disability when I face different struggles, continue my passion to learn history, and to be proud to say that Selma is one of my favorite movies. Here is a picture of me as a gift to you for inspiring me and also here is $5 for you to donate to a charity to help continue to protect human rights from being oppressed or donate to the theatre to help continue to fund the arts. I was wondering if you could please share some advice about working hard when there is a struggle with a disability or dealing with prejudice. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, doing an excellent job making MLK a great historical figure with making Selma a great movie, and inspiring me. I wish you well for the future in acting and to do well on your Broadway.