Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County will show historical drama “Selma” on Wednesday, January 15, at 6 p.m. at Belfast Free Library in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The showing is free; donations are welcome.

“Selma,” directed by Ava DuVernay and starring David Oyelowo, is based on the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis. Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant, making it hard for black citizens to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, King and his followers acted; President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965.