COLUMBUS, Ind. (Feb. 9 ,2015)-- “Selma” is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
"Selma" is also the name of one of this year's Oscar-nominated films. Watch the trailer here.
The march in 1965 was a defining moment in our nation's Civil Rights Movement, and a Hoosier man was right there with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"Seeing that bridge up close was an emotional experience for me. Seeing that bridge in the movie was an emotional experience for me as well, " explained Bucky Jordan.
The former Columbus pastor marched with Dr. King in Selma in 1965.
"I wanted to do something to express my outrage at that happening," said Jordan.
Jordan was a 27-year-old seminary student in St. Louis when he saw the events unfold on March 7, 1965 - now known as "Bloody Sunday." He drove through the night to Selma to march with King to Montgomery.
"When we were there and being lined up, they said if you brought a clerical collar put it on and be sure you wear it, it could save your life," said Jordan.
"Selma" recently won top honors at the NAACP Image Awards.
Jordan is thankful for his experience and the movie.
"I want it to be a learning experience for people, historically," he said.
Jordan will never forget when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shook his hand that day.
"He shook my hand and said thank you for coming. It was a big deal. I admired him so much."