Oprah Winfrey: Honors Civil Rights Legends In Santa Barbara

Oprah Winfrey loves to host parties with iconic themes and the billionaire decided to she wanted to use the promotion of her upcoming film “Selma” to celebrate the lives of some iconic civil rights pioneers.

Last weekend, Winfrey presented her “Celebrating Selma & The Legends Who Paved The Way” gala at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, CA.

The two-day celebration recognized the impact of legends like Ambassador Andrew Young, Berry Gordy, Rev. C.T. Vivian, Diane Nash, Dick Gregory, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., Congressman John Lewis, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Juanita Jones Abernathy, Julian Bond, Marian Wright Edelman, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Quincy Jones, Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte (he was not able to attend).

Also on hand for the celebration was the cast of Winfrey’s upcoming film “Selma,” which hits theaters on December 25. and other African-American media outlets have not been engaged in the media rollout of “Selma” because Paramount Pictures has targeted mostly mainstream TV press for the film’s rollout and omitted digital, print and radio platforms geared towards Black audiences. Quite ironic for this particular film, of all films!

Regardless, check out these images from Winfrey’s “Celebrating Selma & The Legends Who Paved The Way” gala provided courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc.[divider]

Winfrey (center) with David Oyelowo (left of Winfrey) and Ava DuVernay (right of Winfrey) honor the legends of civil rights (Seated L-R) Ambassador Andrew Young, Diane Nash, Juanita Jones Abernathy, Joseph Lowery, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Marian Wright Edelman and Rev. C.T. Vivian. (Standing L-R) Congressman John Lewis, Julian Bond, Sidney Poitier, David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, Quincy Jones, Dick Gregory, and Berry Gordy.

Common, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Ava DuVernay and Carmen Ejogo.

Oprah Winfrey with civil rights legend Quincy Jones.

Oprah Winfrey with civil rights legend Sidney Poitier.

Martin Luther King, III (left), Arndrea King (second from left), civil rights legends Dick Gregory (third from left) and Myrlie Evers-Williams (fourth from left), Tyler Perry (second from right) and Reena Evers-Everette (right).

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