MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Mayor A C Wharton announced on Thursday that Memphis is joining the national #SelmaForStudents effort and providing free theater admission to Memphis students.
Selma, which chronicles the 1965 civil rights campaign led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., opened nationwide on January 9. Paramount Pictures, in conjunction with Malco Theaters, is offering free admission to for Mid-South students beginning January 16 at the following Malco Theatre locations: Paradiso, Majestic and Southaven.
Though the effort is targeting 7th, 8th and 9th graders, any student that presents a student ID or report will obtain free admission to the film.
"The gift of this film and what this history has to teach us is what we offer to the young people from across our city on this Dr. King's birthday," Wharton said. "This effort would not have been possible at all, however, save for the fundraising effort we were able to mount locally with leadership from Gayle Rose and former Congressman Harold Ford, Jr., and participation from a group of business and community leaders."
Tickets are limited, and will be given on a first come, first served basis.