Martin Luther King III on ‘Selma': ‘A Very Emotional Experience’

January 6, 2015 4:00 PM

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Martin Luther King III on ‘Selma': ‘A Very Emotional Experience’

The children of Martin Luther King Jr. have been fairly quiet so far on the subject of Paramount’s “Selma,” the Ava DuVernay-directed drama about their father’s 1965 voting-rights march through Alabama. This should come as little surprise to anyone familiar with the King family’s fractious dynamics in recent years, as the three surviving heirs — Martin Luther King III, Bernice King and Dexter Scott King — have often been at odds on matters related to the civil rights leader’s celebrated legacy. (Their older sister, Yolanda Denise King, died in 2007, at age 51.)

In recent months, however, Paramount has courted the King children’s support, not without a measure of success. Bernice King attended a screening that producer Oprah Winfrey hosted at her home in Montecito, Calif., for legends of the civil rights movement, while Martin Luther King III was present at...

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