by: Sammy Mink
Veteran TV actor Henry G. Sanders has been cast in the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic SELMA. The story focuses on the historic, and often violent, marches that took place in Selma, Alabama in 1965, which marked the political and emotional peak of the civil rights movement. Sanders will play Cager Lee, grandfather of civil rights protester Jimmie Lee Jackson, whose death inspired the Selma to Montgomery marches.
Sanders is best known for his longest role as Robert E., a former slave turned blacksmith on CBS’s western “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” He also starred in Charles Burnett’s “Killer of Sheep” and had minor roles in “Bull Durham,” “Rocky Balboa” and rom-com “You Again.”