Oprah, 'Selma' Cast Honor MLK With March in Alabama

by Raphael Chestang 6:15 PM PST, January 19, 2015
Playing Oprah, 'Selma' Cast Honor MLK With March in Alabama

ET was in Selma, Ala. nearly 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic march, where Oprah Winfrey and the Selma cast led thousands in an emotional event that recreated Dr. King's march.

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"What we feel is we want this to be more than just cameras and spectacle," Oprah told ET's Nischelle Turner. "That you are actually walking in the footsteps of people who have come before you -- people who did this in the sense of great courage and pride."

Selma follows a crucial time in MLK's life when black marchers attempted to walk from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. in order to obtain voting rights in 1965. Oprah's The Butler co-star David Oyelowo stars as MLK in the film and he chimed in, putting their demonstration in perspective.

"This is amazing for us but it was real for them and we want to see real change for Selma -- for this nation," David Oyelowo said. "We are in tough times again and it is amazing that this film has this power."

It was partly Oprah's idea to recreate the historic "Bloody Sunday" Selma march.

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"They walked knowing they may not get back home," Oprah said. "Not only that, they walked and on 'Bloody Sunday' they were beaten all the way back to their churches. The beatings didn't stop on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. They followed them all the way back to their churches. I stand in the power and strength of that and today was just a reminder of it."