Selma, Legends Who Paved the way gala

From left, Common, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Ava DuVernay, and Carmen Ejogo attend Selma and the Legends Who Paved the Way special screening and gala in Santa Barbara, CA on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

*When a list of Black Hollywood’s famous showed  over the weekend for a private screening of “Selma” and the “Legends Who Paved the way Gala,” at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara the sight was spectacular.

Ben Vereen, Dick Gregory, Ayanna Gregory, Karon Vereen

Ben Vereen, Dick Gregory, Ayanna Gregory, Karon Vereen

Special  guests included Oprah Winfey, Director Ava DuVernay and Selma cast including David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Common, Giovanni Ribisi, Tessa Thompson, Niecy Nash, Lorraine Toussaint, Omar Dorsey, Andre Holland, Henry Sanders, Wendell Pierce, Jeremy Strong, Stephen Root, Corey Reynolds, Colman Domingo, Keith Stanfield, and Trai Byers.

A host of Civil Rights Legends showed, including, Ambassador Andrew Young, Berry Gordy, Dr. C.T. Vivian, Diane Nash, Dick Gregory, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., Congressman John Lewis, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Juanita Jones Abernathy, Julian Bond, Marian Wright Edelman, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Quincy Jones and Sidney Poitier.

Also in attendance were Martin Luther King III, Magic Johnson, Smokey Robinson, Babyface, Tyler Perry, Ellen DeGeneres, Stedman Graham, Gayle King, Portia de Rossi, Donna Brazile, Robin Roberts, Angela Bassett, Tracey Edmonds, Deion Sanders, Dr. Phil and MORE!

Selma is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s SELMA tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

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” and “The Legends That Paved the Way” photo gallery

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Eileen Arias
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