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Local pastor consults on major motion picture about civil rights movement

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A movie about a historic civil rights event has an important Louisville connection.

That's why Oprah Winfrey and Hollywood movie producers turned to a local pastor for help.

The movie is about the historic march from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama. What a lot of people don't know is that some of the prep work for the march happened right here in Louisville.

"And how she found me - I am still puzzled, it's a mystery to me," says Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, Senior Pastor of St. Stephen Baptist Church.

As pastor of one of the largest churches in the state, Dr. Cosby has a lot of influence. These days it reaches all the way to a media giant.

"It's not every day that Oprah Winfrey is contacting you to come to an event like this," said Dr. Cosby.

Last week, Cosby and his wife spent two days with Oprah Winfrey. "I got a notice that she wanted me and my wife to come to Selma...to view a motion picture that she is collaborating with Paramount Pictures to produce."

Cosby was invited to be a consultant on a movie about the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march that led to the passage of the historic voting rights act. The movie stars Winfrey and actor David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Cosby explained, " Had an opportunity to engage her about the civil rights struggle along with some historic, iconic civil rights figures who were instrumental in getting the civil rights...the voting rights bill passed."

Those iconic figures included Joseph Lowery, C. T. Vivian and Otis Moss; men who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"This is the last time that this will ever take place -- that these men...one, C. T. Vivian is 90, Joseph Lowery is 92...so you realize that you are part of of something quite significant."

The historic march may have taken place in Alabama, but many of the key players spent time at a home on South Western Parkway in Louisville before heading south.

"Dr. Moss said that before he went to selma, before they went to selma for the march that they first came to Louisville and did some planning," said Dr. Cosby.

Cosby says they even took a trip on to the historic Edmund Pettus bridge and what happened next was pretty amazing.

"When we walked onto the bridge because we were in the company of C. T. Vivian and Joseph Lowery and Otis Moss and Oprah Winfrey that the actors stopped acting. To see the personalities who in fact were not acting, but were the historical figures that they were acting about."

Cosby says Winfrey and movie producers are considering having a release party right here in Louisville.

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