‘Selma’ Stars Recreate Martin Luther King, Jr. March – SEE PHOTOS And VIDEOS
Oprah Winfrey and the cast of Selma recreated Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous march on Sunday, joining hundreds in the Alabama town to pay tribute to the late civil rights leader. See photos and videos below.
Winfrey was joined by David Oyelowo, who portays King in the movie, and director Ava DuVernay. Common, who appears in the film and worked with John Legend on its theme song “Glory,” also participated, just days after scoring an Academy Awards nomination for the track. As Gossip Cop reported at the time, fans and critics were shocked when Oyelowo and DuVernay failed to score Oscar nods as well, though Selma was nominated for Best Picture.
Following the march from Selma City Hall to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where, in 1965, protesters were assaulted by police officers, Common and Legend, along with the Tuskegee University Gospel Choir, performed “Glory” at the historic location. Winfrey remarked, “Every single person who was on that bridge is a hero.” She further said that today’s marchers are recognizing “Martin Luther King as an idea, Selma as an idea and what can happen with strategy, with discipline and with love.”
“Look at what they were able to do with so little, and look at how we now have so much,” reflected Winfrey. “If they could do that, imagine what now can be accomplished with the opportunity through social media and connection, the opportunity through understanding that absolutely we are more alike than we are different.”
Common said at the event, “We are the ones that can change the world. It is up to us, and it takes all us – black, white, Latino, Asian, native-American, whatever nationality or religious background. There is a certain togetherness that we’ve got to have.” Oyelowo commented, “I pray that greater things we shall see in this day and generation.” See photos and videos below.