Playing MLK: Actor David Oyelowo on Selma

December 18, 2014 1:28 PM

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British actor David Oyelowo plays Dr. Martin Luther King in director Ava DuVernay's new film Selma, the story of Dr. King's march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital in Montgomery, on behalf of the right to vote. At the time, black citizens were denied the right to vote in the South through impossible "literacy tests" and poll taxes.

Oyelowo spoke to me about the importance of showing the audience the man Dr. King was in private as well as his public appearances.

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