Oprah to Lead “Selma” March in Alabama to Celebrate King Holiday

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“Selma” producer Oprah Winfrey will lead a march in Selma, Alabama to oprah-60thcelebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Along with Oprah will be “Selma” director, Ava DuVernay, and the movie’s star, David Oyelowo.

The event will honor Selma voting rights protests of 1965, which were highlighted in the film.

Oprah announced in December a month-long celebration, including a special television program on New Year’s Day with Tamron Hall.

Oprah also recently made headlines after her comments on the Ferguson protests triggered a backlash.

In an interview with People magazine, Winfrey gave advice for what she’d like to see moving forward from protesters.

“I think it’s wonderful to march and to protest and it’s wonderful to see all across the country, people doing it,” she said during the interview. “But what I’m looking for is some kind of leadership to come out of this to say, ‘This is what we want. This is what we want. This is what has to change, and these are the steps that we need to take to make these changes, and this is what we’re willing to do to get it.’ ”

In a December interview she questioned whether protesters knew what they were marching for.

“I really think that this film can teach people a lot, because what this film says is it’s been done. It was done. Y’all are not the first to do it … the first to have an idea … the first to want to protest … the first to be upset. We didn’t even have the right as citizens to vote in this country, and because of that you had Martin Luther King as a leader joining with his band of brothers with disciplined, rigorous, peaceful protests, and they had a goal and intention in mind. You just can’t march and not know what you’re marching for.”