Oprah Winfrey and "Selma" cast/director to lead march in Selma

Oprah Winfrey, who served as a producer and cast member in Oscar-nominated "Selma," along with director Ava DuVernay, cast members David Oyelowo, who stars as Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Common, who plays Rev. James Bevel, will be in Selma, Ala. on Sunday for a day of commemorative events.

Oprah Winfrey played Annie Lee Cooper, a nurse who tries to register to vote, in "Selma." Photo: Paramount
Selma Mayor George Evans

"The celebration will begin with a Q&A with select filmmakers and cast moderated by Congresswoman Terri Sewell at Selma High School for local high school students and teachers," according to a release. "At 4:20 p.m., Selma Mayor George Evans will address the community at Selma City Hall. Rev. Dion Culliver of Tabernacle Baptist Church and Rev. Leodis Strong of Brown AME Chapel will welcome attendees with a prayer. Immediately following at 4:45 p.m., the filmmakers and cast will proceed with a commemorative march to the Edmund Pettus Bridge."

The day’s events will culminate with a special screening at the Selma Walton Theater for Alabama state officials and the film’s local cast and crew.

“I’m honored that Paramount Pictures and the cast has put Selma to the forefront of the nation again during MLK weekend. The dream marches on,” said Evans.

The Edmund Pettus Bridge

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 19), Paramount Pictures will host two free screenings of “Selma” for the general public at 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the Selma Walton Theater. These showings are added to the free screenings in Selma throughout the month of January. Tickets are available at the box office on a first come, first served basis.

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Jennifer Brett
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