This is what I’m talking about: Young people in Central Florida can go see Selma, the movie, for free over this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, thanks to some local Black business leaders. Parents – take them! It is a powerful movie!
Thanks to the group of men – Clarence Otis, Grant Hill, Ron Williams and Harold Mills – who created a fund and donated money to it for children in 7th – 9th grades to see the movie, according to news reports. The students would have to show their student I.D. or report card at the box office of the movie theaters participating in the free movie offer.
Hurry though, because the offer started on Friday, January 16, and ends while ticket supplies last. The goal is for 10,000 students to see the movie for free through the fund, according to reports.
Here are a list of the participating theaters in Orange County: AMC West Oaks in Ocoee, Regal Waterford in Waterford Lakes, Regal Winter Park at the Winter Park Village in Winter Park and Cinemark Artegon Marketplace in Orlando.
This holiday weekend is a great time to expose your child (children) more to the civil rights movement in which King was the most prominent leader. The movie, Selma, is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery (Alabama) Black voting rights marches. The scene at the bridge in the movie with Dr. King leading the crowd the first time, speak volumes of his character. You have to see it for yourself.
Selma has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Film and one for Best Original Song.
© Orlando Community News, 2015