NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Many people chose to mark Martin Luther King Day by watching an Oscar-nominated film based on the rise of the civil rights movement.
The movie Selma shows how racial tensions escalated at a peaceful march that suddenly turned violent.
Images documented marchers being beaten and tear-gassed on the now infamous Edmond Pettus Bridge.
Through a relatively new invention, at the time, those images broadcast to more than 70 million television sets gaining sympathy, support and outrage by the rest of a nation shielded from racism.
Selma opened nationwide last week and is nominated for two Academy Awards including best picture.