selma-movie-posterIf high school students across the U.S. have yet to see Selma, Paramount Pictures is now making it possible, for free. Every public and private school will receive a free DVD of Selma through Paramount Home Media Distribution.

“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,” director Ava DuVernay said in a press release.

“We hope to reach all 18 million high school students with the film’s powerful and inspiring story. With many of these students preparing to vote for the first time in next year’s elections, it is especially fitting that they witness the bravery and fortitude of those who fought to establish the Voting Rights Act of 1965,” said Megan Colligan, president, Worldwide Distribution and Marketing, Paramount Pictures.

Teachers who would like to receive a copy of the “Selma” companion study guide can visit

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    The events of Selma describe human courage, profound sacrifice, and inspiration. The Southern aristocracy wanted to deprive black people the right to vote people. Black people and others of all colors stood up against the racist Southern aristocracy in Alabama. The DCVL, SNCC, the SCLC, and so many other organizations took part in making sure that voting rights is made real for all Americans. Many people died in fighting for justice. Their memories should be respected. During that time, the Cold War was in its peak, therefore capitalist Western forces wanted to project the image of America being “democratic,” which was a lie obviously. Later, LBJ signed the Voting Rights Act. The battle is not won yet. Recent events show us that we still are fighting institutionalized racism, capitalist exploitation, imperialism, controversial voting ID laws, and the prison industrial complex. Therefore, the poor, the working class, and all freedom loving people must come together and fight for liberation. I have no problem with the film “Selma” being placed in high schools nationwide.