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ESSENCE Beauty Issue Cover Star Ledisi and Lorraine Toussaint have joined the cast of ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood honoree, Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King biopic, Selma.

DuVernay announced via Instagram that Ledisi will play Mahalia Jackson and Toussaint will play civil rights leader, Amelia Boynton in the upcoming film.

DuVernay took over the project after funding failed to come together for original director, Lee Daniels.

Focusing on the iconic civil rights leader’s 1965 voting rights campaign, the drama will also star The Butler’s David Oyelowo as Dr. King

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