Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King’s daughter, Bernice, reacts to ‘Selma’

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Selma is already creating Oscar buzz from the experts, so WIAT 42’s Sherri Jackson traveled to Atlanta to talk to Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

Dr. Bernice King said that overall it’s a powerful film, but she respects that it’s a movie, not history. Seeing Hollywood’s depiction of her mother and father on the silver screen did, however, bring back memories.

“I would say it was kind of eerie looking at the woman who played my mom. Carmen’s whole demeanor and essence was almost like looking at my mother,” said King.

The movie stars Carmen Ejogo and David Oyelowo as it highlights the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the critical moments in Selma like Bloody Sunday. The film also shows glimpses into the relationship of Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King Jr.

Bernice King says she would have liked to have seen a slightly stronger role for her mother in the movie and also to have seen a more loving relationship between her parents, which she knows they had.

The film opens nationwide Friday, so you can decide for yourself if the film is worth the Oscar hype.

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News

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