Alabama mayor visits NCRM ahead of Memphis 'Selma' premiere

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - On Thursday, moviegoers will get a chance to step back in history with the new movie, Selma.

The film takes a look at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's pivotal march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

The mayor of Selma, George Evans, visited Memphis and the National Civil Rights Museum to promote the movie which he says, captures the essence of the civil rights movement.

"Many of our young people have no idea what happened back in 1965," said Evans. "At the end of the day, it is history, it is our history, and we want to capitalize on that, so we don't repeat our history."

The movie chronicles the fight for equal voting rights in 1965, the epic march and depicts "Bloody Sunday;" a day when civil rights activists were attacked on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Mayor Evans says while the movie has garnered mixed reviews from the people of Selma, the movie does its job portraying the civil rights struggle.

Evans noted, "In some ways we've gone backwards, in some ways we have gone forward."

The mayor says the film is a reminder for people everywhere to vote, and take advantage of the rights many people fought so hard to gain.

"It's about sharing a story that has meanings and value that can change our thinking," Evans added.

Evans also encouraged Memphians to take the ride to Selma to experience the city where the historic events took place.

A special premiere of Selma will take place at 6 p.m. at the Malcolm Paradiso Theater on Thursday. Click here to purchase tickets.

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