Selma’s Real Stories: The Historic Figures You Should Know About

Interesting article on the true history behind the “Selma” film.

The Urban Daily

Selma to Montgomery March

Selma,” the film about the marches in the Alabama city during 1965, opened in theaters today and should be at the top of your list of films to see. The passionate, detailed portrayal of the Selma marches in the film has already drawn critical acclaim. While Dr. Martin Luther King is the main leader in the film, many other activists and politicians shaped the events of the Selma Marches. Here are some of the key players in the film and their roles in history:

andre young Andrew Young (played by Andre Holland) was the executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and helped with coordinating protests and marches for the organization. He served as a mediator and negotiator in crucial moments of the Civil Rights movement and attended many of the conversations between the White House and Civil Rights leaders. He worked on voter registration drives in Georgia and Alabama…

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