More than 8,230 New Orleans area students have gotten free passes to see the civil rights drama Selma. The free-pass program, underwritten by the Urban League of New Orleans, Chevron and Entergy, gives local seventh- through-ninth-graders free admittance at five New Orleans-area theaters by presenting a school ID or a report card. Twenty-seven other U.S. cities also are offering free screenings for schoolchildren. For a list of local theaters participating in the "Selma for Students" program, visit www.selmastudenttickets.com.
Selma tells the story of the 1965 civil rights march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital, Montgomery. The march was led by Martin Luther King Jr. The film has been widely praised by critics, particularly the work of director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo, who played King, but it was largely shut out of Academy Awards nominations.