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Selma 1965: Film vs. History

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Today on Press Play, we hear from the filmmaker behind Selma, which portrays Martin Luther King, Jr.’s fight for the Voting Rights Act in 1965. And we hear from a historian from that period who discusses some of the criticism’s about the film’s accuracy. We also check out a documentary about a neo-Nazi and the gay teen he nearly beat to death. Years later, the two of them discuss the incident in our studio. And we listen back to our interview with Hector Tobar about his book chronicling the ordeal of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped for 69 days.

Banner Image: Civil Rights Movement Co-Founder Dr. Ralph David Abernathy and his wife Mrs. Juanita Abernathy follow with Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King as the Abernathy children march on the front line, leading the SELMA TO MONTGOMERY MARCH in 1965. The Children are Donzaleigh Abernathy in striped sweater, Ralph David Abernathy, 3rd and Juandalynn R. Abernathy in glasses. Name of the white Minister in the photo is unknown.; Credit: Abernathy Family