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Every high school in America is receiving a free copy of Selma

on April 26, 2015, 12:17pm

Every high school in North America will be receiving a free copy of Selma, the Academy Award-nominated biopic about the Martin Luther King, Jr.-led voting rights marches in 1965.

Paramount Home Media Distribution’s “Selma for Students” education initiative previously enabled high school students to see the movie for free while in theaters. This latest move, however, will distribute the movie to public and private high schools, potentially reaching 18 million teenagers. Additionally, teachers can order free study guides to accompany in-class discussions of the film.

“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.”

Depicting the voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965, the film stars David Oyelowo as King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Tim Roth as George Wallace, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, and Oprah as Annie Lee Cooper.

Below, watch Common and John Legend perform “Glory”, the Oscar-winning song from the Selma soundtrack, at the 2015 Academy Awards.

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