David Oyelowo portrays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a scene from “Selma,” a film based on the slain civil rights leader. The film, directed by Californian Ava DuVernay, tells the story of a pivotal time in the civil rights movement that culminated in a march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., and, ultimately, the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
David Oyelowo portrays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a scene from “Selma,” a film based on the slain civil rights leader. The film, directed by Californian Ava DuVernay, tells the story of a pivotal time in the civil rights movement that culminated in a march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., and, ultimately, the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Atsushi Nishijima Paramount Pictures
David Oyelowo portrays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a scene from “Selma,” a film based on the slain civil rights leader. The film, directed by Californian Ava DuVernay, tells the story of a pivotal time in the civil rights movement that culminated in a march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., and, ultimately, the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Atsushi Nishijima Paramount Pictures

A powerful history lesson about civic responsibility

January 24, 2015 04:00 PM

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