Stars of ‘Selma’ march in Alabama

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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.

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  • gise

    Very sad that Obama and his entire administration has been so divisive instead of making us better. All the Hope and change went to government sponsored racism and mistrust

    I thought Obama was supposed to bring our country together? I’ve never seen a country more divided. We all hate each other now.

    Under Obama, 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck and have no hopes for raises anytime in this Obama administration. They also just had their health insurance cancelled and are forced to sign up for a more expensive policy with higher deductibles and co-pays. They are also living in a country where racial relations are as tense as ever (see Ferguson, MO).

    I was laid off in 2010 shortly after the start of the recession. I’m highly skilled in my field, yet have been bouncing around from job to job all making starting salary numbers, despite being 36 years old. Paying my mortgage is a struggle. Paying my health insurance is worse ($375/month from Freelancer’s Union). My car insurance is cheap at $25/month (from Insurance Panda), but who knows when Obama will step in and socialize that too! My daughter is forced to attend a public school that is in increasingly worse condition thanks to illegal children and welfare leeches moving in. Yet here I am, unable to afford a quality education for her.

    The middle class is shrinking in Obama-America because Obama is taxing them to oblivion and not giving them any hand-me-outs. To be middle class in today’s America is to be poor.

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