STOCKTON – Local seventh- through ninth-grade students will be able to see the Oscar-nominated film “Selma” free of charge, part of an unprecedented nationwide effort by black leaders to raise funds so teens can learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic efforts to secure equal voting rights for blacks in 1965.
Admission to the movie will be free to those showing student ID at Stockton’s City Centre Stadium 16 & IMAX, 222 N. El Dorado St. while tickets last. Stockton’s participation in #SelmaForStudents was made possible by Robert Ross, president and CEO of The California Endowment, organizers said.
Dozens of cities nationwide have joined the massive national campaign after 27 black business leaders in New York City created a fund for 27,000 of that city’s seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade students to see the film for free. That effort sold out in the very first weekend. Across the U.S., donors have underwritten the cost of admission for more than 300,000 middle and high schoolers.
“Selma” chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965 when King led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Lyndon Baines Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.
The PG-13 film, which stars David Oyelowo as King and includes Cuba Gooding and Oprah Winfrey among the cast, runs a little over two hours.
Students are invited to share their images and response to the film using the #SelmaForStudents hashtag.
Teachers interested in reserving 25 or more tickets for their classrooms can contact Group Sales Specialists at http://selmastudenttickets.com/group-sales/ for assistance. Visit selmastudenttickets.com for more information.