I went Friday morning to see “Selma” and found myself watching it in a theater full of black teenagers.
Thanks to donations, D.C. public school kids got free tickets to the first Hollywood movie about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday weekend — an effort that was duplicated for students around the country.
David Montgomery of the Washington Post reports on Selma as a teaching tool in the district.
Washington’s Selma-for-students initiative — separate from the Avalon program — was launched by the March on Washington Film Festival, which has raised $86,000 toward a $125,000 goal, according to Robert Raben, founder of the festival. The money will reimburse theaters for the full cost of tickets for students in the 8th-12th grades in D.C. public and charter schools. According to the Web site, participating theaters are: the AMC Loews Georgetown 14, the AMC Magic Johnson Capital Center 12, AMC Mazza Gallerie, Regal Bowie Stadium 14 and the Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14. Students can see the film for free by showing school identification or a report card.
The Washington Post’s Hamil Harris reports on D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Selma, and the My Brother’s Keeper initiative.
While My Brothers Keeper focuses on black males, the theater was filled with boys and girls because the founder of the March on Washington Film Festival was able to raise $75,000 so that every student in the D.C. Public Schools could see Selma for free.
“The purpose of the project is really to connect young people to powerful stories of our past and inspire to know that they have a civil right,” said Robert Raben, founder of the March on Washington Film Project. “They need to know that if they have something that they want to change and they have the power to do that.”
WTOP reports on #SelmaForStudents:
D.C. Public Schools students will have the chance to see the Academy Award-nominated movie “Selma” thanks to private donations and the help of a local film festival.
The March on Washington Film Festival has raised $75,000 to send students in grade 8 through 12 to see the movie, which documents the voting rights marches of 1965 in Alabama and centers on the role Martin Luther King Jr. played in organizing those protests.
Emma Brown in the Washington Post on the #SelmaForStudents project in Washington, D.C.
Just in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, thousands of D.C. middle and high school students can go see the Oscar-nominated film “Selma” free starting Thursday, thanks to a fundraising effort led by the March on Washington Film Festival.