by: We Rise & Shine
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Director Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and the rest of the Selma cast marched in Alabama on Sunday to commemorate the historic march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights.
The march, which was led by Dr. King on March 21, 1965, started with about 3,200 marchers who set out for Montgomery, walking 12 miles a day and sleeping in fields. When they reached the capitol on March 25th, they were about 25,000 strong. This event was the last of three marches which led to President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, enforcing the guarantees of the 15th amendment which prohibited racial discrimination in voting.