On Sunday, Feb. 22, “Selma” went up against nine other films in competition for the Academy Award for best picture. It was one of several biopics in the running, but the film stands apart from the rest. That's because each of its characters is based on a real person who was involved with events that took place over the course of a few months in 1965, when Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his inner circle took a stand against discriminatory voting restrictions.
Curious about the reality behind the movie? Browse our slideshow to meet the characters. Click any photo to learn more."