The Sweet Story That Convinced Oprah To Join The Cast Of 'Selma' (VIDEO)

January 8, 2015 2:43 PM

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If the world didn't know the name of civil rights activist Annie Lee Cooper before, it will now. In the Golden Globe-nominated film "Selma," Oprah Winfrey plays the real-life freedom fighter who was arrested in 1965 for taking a swing at a sheriff. Cooper is just one of the courageous, yet often overlooked women who fought for voting equality.

Though she was already signed on to co-produce "Selma" with Brad Pitt, Oprah says she was hesitant to appear on camera.

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