Selma, reviewed by Gareth Higgins in "Moved, or Moved to Act?" (Sojourners, March 2015), follows the events leading up to the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. Higgins explains that the marchers in Selma are historically and missionally related to the marchers of today: "We are beginning to understand that we need to look back in order to look forward honestly." Let's look back at 16 of the civil rights leaders featured in Selma who were instrumental to the ongoing movement for racial equality. Click on the links to read more about these heroes who stood alongside Martin Luther King Jr., but are less well-known.
Keith Stanfield as Jimmie Lee Jackson
Jimmie Lee Jackson was a young civil rights activist who was fatally shot by a police officer
while protesting (unarmed) for voting rights.
Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper
Annie Lee Cooper was an activist in the Selma Voting Rights Movement most remembered for hitting Selma's sheriff, Jim Clark.