Oprah's March On Selma

Oprah's March On Selma

It's a moment in history brought back to life by Oprah Winfrey.

She was seen with the star of the new movie Selma, David Oyelowo, paying tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. as they re-enacted the famous Civil Rights March across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama.

It was there that marchers were beaten and tear-gassed in 1965.

Winfrey, who also produced the movie, told the crowd, "We will march across that bridge hand-in-hand embracing and uncovering a sense of peace within us all."

Director Ava Duvernay also took part, as well as rapper Common and singer John Legend, who co-wrote the movie's theme song, "Glory."

Winfrey said, "Seeing John Legend sing 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' and 'Glorly' on the Edmund Pettus Bridge -that's something I will never forget."

Some youngsters headed in to see the movie. They are students from St. Augustine Catholic School in Chula Vista, California.

One student, Christian Onukwa, told the students, "Understand your history. Understand that this is a pivotal moment in America's history and understand that without this, America would be really different."

The students sat with their eyes glued to the screen as history was recreated in front of them.

Meanwhile, other students are lucky enough to get free showings of the movie thanks to the "Selma For Students" program. It was orginally created by business leaders in New York City and was so popular that it has been picked up across the country. It's estimated that more than a quarter-of- a-million high-school students will see Selma for free.

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"It took off like wildfire," said Carol Sutton Lewis, who is one of those behind the program. "It's great that it can happen on MLK weekend but it certainly doesn't have to stop there," she added.

The movie has been critically acclaimed, but also criticized as historically inaccurate in its portrayal of President Lyndon Johnson.

The controversy over Selma receiving only two Oscar nominations, Best Picture and Best Song, was the subject of mockery in the opening sketch of Saturday Night Live. Kenan Thompson played the ghost of Martin Luther King, Jr.

"There's a big movie that came out this week about you. It's called Selma. And it looks great. Like, historical," said Pete Davidson during the sketch on Saturday Night Live.

Thompson as Martin Luther King, Jr. replied, "Well, I'd pay 50 cents to see that. It guess that one will be nominated for a lot of Oscars, right?"