Wednesday 22 November 2017

Oyelowo: King's dream not realised

David Oyelowo thinks Martin Luther King would be disappointed not everyone is using their right to vote
David Oyelowo thinks Martin Luther King would be disappointed not everyone is using their right to vote

David Oyelowo has revealed he thinks Martin Luther King would be disappointed that the right to vote that he fought for is being taken for granted.

The British actor plays the Civil Rights leader in Oscar-nominated movie Selma - which shows King's campaign for a law to enable African-Americans to use their right to vote in the country.

David said that over 50 years on since King's famous "I Have A Dream" speech: "His dream hasn't been achieved, but elements of it have."

He went on: "I think he'd be elated at the fact that America currently has a black president, and I think he'd be happy at the fact that Oprah Winfrey is in the world, which is one of the reasons this film got made. I think he'd be very proud of Ava DuVernay as an African-American woman being the one to direct the first film that's centred around him as the protagonist.

"But I think he would be disheartened at how for granted the vote is being taken by all people, but especially young people and a lot of African-American people. When you look at this film and this episode in history, this was a right that was fought for and bought in blood. He'd be despondent at that."

:: Selma is in cinemas now.

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