When the movie Selma,
about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic 1965 Civil Rights march from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama, hit theaters, a group of 27 African-American business leaders were so moved by it that they created a fund to help 27,000 students in 7th through 9th grades get into theaters to see it for free. The first weekend the offer was made available, it sold out all 27,000 seats.
Their efforts have now inspired a national movement, and business leaders in cities across the nation are working with theaters to free up tickets to the film for students who show valid student ID at box offices. Today, it was announced that students in the Orlando area are now being invited to see the movie at participating theaters, thanks to support from former NBA player Grant Hill, ZeroChaos CEO Harold Mills, Darden Restaurants retired chairman and CEO Clarence Otis and former chairman and CEO of Aetna in Central Florida, Ron Williams.
“The story of Dr. King’s historic journey in Alabama is one that students all over the country should know intimately,” Otis said in a press release from Allied Media announcing that #SelmaforStudents has reached Central Florida. “It’s an honor to provide the opportunity for students in Central Florida to see Ava DuVernay’s beautiful film.”
Students in 7th, 8th or 9th grade who present a current student ID or report card at participating theaters will be admitted to the film for free while tickets last. Educators can obtain blocks of up to 25 tickets for classrooms by visiting the #SelmaforStudents group info
Participating theaters in Orlando, as of this writing, are:
AMC ALTAMONTE MALL 18
AMC WEST OAKS 14
CINEMARK ARTEGON MARKETPLACE
REGAL THE LOOP STADIUM 16 & RPX
REGAL WATERFORD LAKES STADIUM 20 & IMAX
REGAL WINTER PARK VILLAGE STADIUM 20 & RPX
You can visit the #SelmaforStudents
website for more info.