SELMA, Ala — Stars of the movie "Selma," gathered in Selma, Alabama to mark 50 years since the historic and violent marches in that town.
The recently released movie recounts the tumultuous time leading-up to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, during the Civil Rights movement.
Dr. Martin Luther King Junior spent months in Selma to plan demonstrations to protest the resistance African-Americans encountered while trying to register to vote.
That included “Bloody Sunday,” when peaceful demonstrators were beaten and tear gassed by state and local police, for attempting to march across Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge.
Dr. King would later lead a successful march across that same bridge to about 50 miles to Montgomery.
The movie stars Chicago’s queen-of-talk, Oprah Winfrey, who also serves as one of the film’s producers. The film also features, Chicago’s very own, Common. Both stars were in Selma with the film’s cast and creators to bring the story back to life.
They were among dozens who recreated the march, walking down Selma's Broad Street.
When the march concluded, Common, joined by singer John Legend performed their song “Glory” together on the Pettus Bridge, for the residents of Selma.
It’s a song that’s already won a Golden Globe, and is now up for an Oscar.
The film itself was also nominated for an Academy Award.