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Selma screening at the Art to be followed by talk

From a press release (and the Art Theater Co-op Facebook page):

Selma opens at the Art this Friday, January 23rd. Following the Monday, January 26th screening (which begins at 7 p.m.), there will be community conversation featuring:

Imani Bazzell (Educator/Organizer, SisterNet, Family Advocacy of Champaign County, WBCP)

Carol Ammons (Organizer, CUCPJ; current & first African-American/woman State Representative of CU’s 103rd district)

A representative of the UIUC Afro-American Studies Dept

Austin McCann, Art Theater Co-op General Manager

As the Art’s website states:

The most important film of the year is Ava Duvernay’s Selma, a powerfully constructed, beautifully filmed, and exquisitely acted account of voting rights agitation in 1965.

Selma is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernays Selma tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

For more information on the controversy surrounding Selma’s Oscar snubs, click here.

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