Oprah Winfrey, “Selma” Castmembers Lead MLK Holiday Celebration March In Alabama

Hannah Lane/WSFA
Hannah Lane/WSFA

Winfrey, film’s castmembers join local residents at gathering to remember slain civil rights icon

Oprah Winfrey and the team behind the film “Selma” took their star power to Alabama Sunday to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Winfrey, the film’s director Ava DuVernay, its castmembers David Oyelowo and Common, and the producers behind the movie joined local residents in the city of Selma for a massive march.

Local television station WSFA tweeted a photo as the gathering got underway that showed Winfrey, city officials and musicians John Legend and Common, who wrote and performed the film’s Oscar-nominated song “Glory.”

DuVernay tweeted: “Such a joy, a privilege, an honor to be in the city of Selma today with my parents, my siblings and my #SelmaFilm family. Onward!”

The hours-long event, ahead of MLK Day, started around 4:30 p.m. CT with a Q&A with the cast and filmmakers at Selma High School. After that, Selma mayor George Evans was to join the “Selma” team in a march across the iconic Edmund Pettus Bridge.

“I’m honored that Paramount Pictures and the cast has put ‘Selma’ to the forefront of the nation again during MLK weekend. The dream marches on,” said Selma Mayor George Evans in a statement released Friday by Paramount Pictures, distributor of the film.

The critically acclaimed drama focuses on the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery marches demanding voting rights for blacks. Some of the marches were led by the iconic civil rights leader, played in the movie by David Oyelowo.

Winfrey is a producer on the film and portrays civil rights activist Annie Lee Cooper.

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SOURCE: The Wrap
Anita Bennett

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