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Posted on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 3:22 PM and updated on Friday, January 30th, 2015 3:06 PM

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Students in Boston, Nashville, New Jersey, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Sarasota, Florida, and Westchester, New York can see the Martin Luther King drama Selma for free between January 12, 2015 and January 19th as part of a nationwide effort that started in New York City. That program was funded by 27 African-American business leaders, where 27,000 students were able to see the movie free. It sold out in the first weekend.

January 14, 2015 Update: Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans, Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area and Washington D.C. have been added.

According to the web site that has been created for the effort, 7th, 8th, and 9th graders can show their student ID or report card at the box office of the participating theaters to receive their free tickets. We have tagged the theaters that are participating at the time of this writing, but for more details, please see the Read link below and/or contact the theater directly to make sure that tickets are still available. The site also mentions that more cities will be announced on January 14th.

The press release issued by Paramount Pictures mentions the following business leaders that helped make the free tickets possible:

Bennie Wiley, Principal, The Wiley Group and Flash Wiley, Counsel, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, in Boston (10,000 tickets)

“How inspiring to see so many members of the African-American community come together to expose our young people to this important chapter in history,” said Bennie Wiley and Flash Wiley. “We are delighted to join this extraordinary effort.”

Lawrence Jackson, Chairman, SourceMark, LLC, Former President, Dollar General, in Nashville (10,000 tickets)

“Director Ava DuVernay has created a film about an important piece of American history,” said Jackson. “Nashville is privileged to raise funds to help bring the film to as many students as possible.”

David R. Jones, President & CEO, CastleOak Securities, L.P., Anré Williams, President, Global Merchant Services, American Express, and Carla A. Harris, Vice Chairman, Morgan Stanley in Northern New Jersey (10,000 tickets)

“New Jersey is honored to join its friends in New York in bringing ‘SELMA’ to students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to hear Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message,” said Jones. “We are grateful to the leaders in New York, whose generosity and vision lead to this movement.”

Leslie Brun, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SARR Group, LLC, in Philadelphia (10,000 tickets)

“Philadelphia is happy to do its part in helping students experience the story of Dr. King’s journey in Alabama,” said Brun. “The challenges he faced there will still ring true today for many of our country’s youth.”

Charles Ward, Chief Development Officer, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, in San Francisco (10,000 tickets)

“We've managed to raise $100,000 in a relatively short period of time. That will send 10,000 kids to see the movie,” said Ward. “We do expect that there may be even greater demand. We'd like to cover as many admissions as possible.”

The Grain Family in Sarasota, FL (1,000 tickets)

“‘SELMA’ tells the story of Dr. King’s march so powerfully and so beautifully, that we are honored to contribute to such a worthwhile cause,” said the Grain Family.

Michael V. Littlejohn, Partner, IBM Global Business Services in Westchester (6,000 tickets)

“We are so inspired by the program in New York City and are humbled to be able to contribute to its success,” said Littlejohn.

Selma is a story that chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 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 Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. It stars David Oyelowo as King, Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon B. Johnson, and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King.

To find out when and where the movie is playing near you, please visit the Showtimes page. Also, we have over two dozen photos on the Photo Gallery page, as well as 23 videos on the Trailers & Videos page.

If you've seen the movie, please be sure to write a Reader Review and let people know what you thought of it!

Source: Paramount Pictures Press Release

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