'Selma' viewing kicks off Coast wide MLK celebration

'Selma' viewing kicks off Coast wide MLK celebration

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - As part of the Coast wide Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, dozens of people gathered at the Grand Theater in D'Iberville Friday night for the opening day of the epic movie "Selma."

Amongst the crowd was Judge Felecia Dunn-Burkes. She is the daughter of the late Dr. Felix Dunn, who is a well known civil rights activist in South Mississippi.

Dunn-Burkes said she knows her dad would be proud to see how the efforts of fighting for black rights have come so far and are now being depicted in a film.

"I think he would be most proud that the story is being told, because during the civil rights struggle, mainstream media did not want to cover the struggle. Had it not been for "Ebony" magazine and "Jet" magazine, the African American owned publications out of Chicago, the civil rights movement would have not gotten the broad coverage it did," said Dunn-Burkes.

She was one of the three panelists to participate in a 30 minute discussion following the viewing of the film.

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