I finally saw Selma. The Oscar-nominated film depicts Dr. Martin Luther King’s push for passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act—the federal legislation that was a crowning achievement of the Civil Rights Movement. Many protesters, both black and white, were sacrificed during the brutal efforts to make the 54-mile march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, the state capital.
The 1987 PBS documentary Eyes on the Prize chronicled the event. However, the 2014 movie directed by Ava DuVernay and starring David Oyelowo as King reveals the powerful and moving story behind Dr. King’s efforts to grab the nation’s attention.