ALBANY, GA (WALB) - 'Selma' tells the story of a critical time in the fight for civil and voting rights.
An Albany minister says our community can learn important lessons from the film.
He organized a special screening and roundtable discussion Thursday.
Hundreds of people packed a theater the Wynnsong 16 in Albany for a private screening of the movie 'Selma'.
"We intentional got people from different areas of the community. There are business people, educators, politicians, homemakers," said Pastor Daniel Simmons.
Pastor Daniel Simmons of Mount Zion Baptist Church was contacted by Harpo Productions and Paramount pictures to host a screening for his congregation with a dialogue about the impact of the movie following the screening. Simmons decided to go beyond his church.
"So I said I wanted to do it for more than our congregation but bring people together and make it bigger than a black conversation in a congregation but a conversation for an entire community," said Simmons.
'Selma' is about the 1965 march for voting rights that Dr. Martin Luther King led from Selma to Montgomery. Simmons took away a message of perseverance and unity from the movie. He hopes others will too.
"Martin King made an appeal to the nation to come to Selma and people of every race and color, people of every religion they came to Selma. And we the people of the community came together that's when the change happened," said Simmons.
Simmons says he now has a renewed passion for justice and equality to make Albany better city.
"Just like Martin and the other folks in the movie sometimes I just want to throw my hands up and say bump this let it go' but then this movie has reminded me that it is worth it to stay in the fight, the prize is worth it,"
The Wynnsong 16 also held two public preview showings for Selma Thursday night.