Oprah Winfrey and the Stars of Selma Celebrate MLK Day in a Major Way
Oprah Winfrey led a moving march through the streets of Selma, AL, on Sunday in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. She was joined by the star of the movie Selma, actor David Oyelowo; his father, Stephen; and the film's director, Ava Duvernay, for the commemorative event. Also on hand for the march were the Oscar-nominated duo Common and John Legend, who recently took home a Golden Globe for their song "Glory," which is featured in the film. Selma Mayor George Evans and huge crowds of locals also walked with the group, and many people held signs with Dr. King's inspirational messages and listened intently as Oprah gave a speech with the mayor by her side. The stars continued their march to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where they showed a special screening of Selma followed by a performance of "Glory" from John Legend and Common.
The city of Selma was one of the historic sites of Dr. King's Civil Rights Movement; in March 1965, he led a 54-mile march to Montgomery, AL, to campaign for the passing of the Voting Rights Act. The movie Selma follows this history-making moment and has been nominated for Golden Globes, the Spirit Awards, the Critics' Choice Awards, and an Oscar, though David Oyelowo was passed up for a best actor nomination. Many consider the omission a major snub — see more films that were overlooked this year, and keep reading for all the photos of Oprah and the Selma stars marching for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.