According to The Daily Beast, the former president underscored the importance of the film when he was honored at the King Center’s Annual Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner in Atlanta on Jan. 17.
“If you haven’t yet, go see the movie Selma,” Clinton reportedly said, “and you will see the enormous pressures imposed on the King family and friends.”
Barack Obama recently held a screening of the film with the cast at the White House. The Oscar-nominated film chronicles the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, led my Martin Luther King Jr.
Selma took in $11.5 million this weekend and is approaching $30 million total at the domestic box office. Clinton wasn’t afraid to state his love for the film saying, “I stood up and started cheering all by myself, and I roared like it was a surprise.”
Clinton stated that the true events depicted in Selma should never be forgotten.
“Fifty years ago a lot of people took a lot of chances walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, just showing up at the church one Sunday in Birmingham, driving people back home after they had been a part of some group or activity,” said Clinton, as quoted by The Daily Beast. “To get up and walk through the day and breathe was a chance.”