The producers of Selma have teamed up with Black business leaders from around the country for an unprecedented initiative to give students free access to the Oscar-nominated film. So far, nearly 100,000 middle schoolers have taken advantage of the program in cities like New York, Atlanta, Miami and New Orleans.
Due to popular demand, many more cities have been added to the program and nearly 120,000 tickets made available. To get their free ticket, students in the 7th, 8th or 9th grade can show their student ID or report card at any of the participating theaters. For a complete list of cities and theaters, visit SelmaStudentsTickets.com.
The expansion has been inspired by the overwhelming success of the program in New York City, in which 27 African-American business leaders created a fund for 27,000 of the city’s 7th, 8th and 9th grade students to see the film for free. That effort sold out in the very first weekend.
Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay and starring David Oyelowo, is the definitive biopic of Dr. Martin Luther King, focusing on the three months in early 1965 when Dr. King mobilized citizens to fight for the Voting Rights Act. The film has been nominated for Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards, as well as Best Original Song for Common and John Legend's track "Glory."
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