This week Paramount pictures held a very special screening of SELMA for President George H. W. Bush, Barbara Bush and their guests; the Bushes’ close family and friends, members of the president’s secret service team and the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, just to name a few.
SELMA chronicles the three-month period in which Martin Luther King led a dangerous and at times deadly campaign to ensure equal voting rights. It was 1965 and the historical march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.
“’Selma’ magnificently recreates the strong emotions felt across our nation, vividly taking us back to when Martin Luther King, Jr. led the civil rights movement,” said President Bush. “Together, the filmmakers and cast not only captured the pain and conflict of that challenging time, but also how far we have come as a society – and, in so doing, reminded us how the freedom to protest peacefully and the power of human spirit make America so great.”
Starring David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi, Common, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, with Tim Roth and Oprah Winfrey as “Annie Lee Cooper” SELMA has critics raving and Oscar buzz already. SELMA will hit Theatres on January 9, 2015.