Selma march depicted in new film has Lowcountry connections

VIDEO: Historic Selma march depicted in new film has Lowcountry connections

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Some of the most famous images of the Voting Rights movement are brought to life on the big screen in the movie Selma, which opened in Lowcountry theaters on Saturday.

These photos hang in a Charleston area home. Known for his intimate perspective, the work of photographer James Karales brought the civil rights struggle to homes across the world. Monica Karales Stepanek is his widow.

"He had a mind to strive for one photo that could really tell everything," Stepanek said.

He did that with a famous photo of the Selma march deemed symbolic because of the clouds over the marchers. She points to a man in the photo who told her it was dangerous.

A Summerville man named David Dennis lived that danger.

"I could see flashing right in front of me," Dennis said.

Dennis credits the success of the movement on the nameless, not the famous.

"They were able to get part of the bubble and cause the explosion. If not for the local, they couldn't have done what they did," Dennis said.

Dennis says the movie Selma should serve as a reminder that this country still needs change to make our nation the kind it should be.

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