(Atsushi Nishijima)
Producer Oprah Winfrey, left, poses with actors David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo at the premiere of "Selma" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Producer Oprah Winfrey, left, poses with actors David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo at the premiere of “Selma” at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Natalie Robehmed, FORBES

 
(Forbes.com) — The Academy Award-winning epic Selma is on its way to the classroom. Paramount Home Media Distribution announced today that every high school in the U.S., both public and private, will receive a copy of the DVD free of charge.

In addition, teachers can order free study guides to accompany discussions of the film, which chronicles Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights through a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

“To think that this triumphant story of dignity and justice will be available to every high school in this country is a realization of many dreams and many hopes,” said director Ava DuVernay in a statement. “I applaud Paramount on this extraordinary effort, and salute the teachers who will provide classes and context on the work of Dr. King and his comrades to the young minds of our nation.”

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