One fantastic organization is offering a great opportunity for some New York City middle-schoolers to go and see Ava DuVernay's blockbuster film [Selma](movie:1041230) in cinemas, free of charge.
Twenty seven African-American leaders in the New York business community were so inspired by the film and it's "message of resilience and hope and its historical significance," that they have created a fund to allow 27,000 7th, 8th and 9th grade students to see Selma for free at selected theaters in New York City.
Selma tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights and the epic 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The film stars Davis Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr., Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper.
Students can gain free entry from 7:00 pm on January 8th until January 19th (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) and must provide a student ID or report card to participating theaters to gain entrance. For more information about the deal, and for the list of participating theaters, click here.
Take a look at the trailer for Selma below:
I think this is a really awesome, and important opportunity that these business owners are making available to these students; no doubt many of the 27,000 who will get to see the film would otherwise not have seen it. I hope it inspires other people to make similar gestures for important pieces of cinema in the future.