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Where Dallas-area students can see MLK drama Selma for free

Where Dallas-area students can see MLK drama Selma for free

David Oyelowo in Selma
Seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade students can now see Selma for free at select Dallas-area theaters. Photo by Atsushi Nishijima

Thanks to the generosity of local business leaders, students in the Dallas area can see Selma, the stellar film about MLK's push for racial equality in Selma, Alabama, for free — just in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 19).

Former ambassador and former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk and businessman Paget L. Alves have raised funds to allow any seventh, eighth or ninth-grade student to get free admission at select local theaters. Those venues include Angelika Film Center Dallas, AMC NorthPark, Cinemark 17 in Dallas, Cinemark 14 in Cedar Hill and Studio Movie Grill Northwest Highway.

All students have to do is show a current student ID or report card at any of the theaters' box offices to claim the deal. Tickets are limited, though, so it's best to go sooner rather than later. Teachers who want to take a whole class to see Selma can contact the group sales departments at the individual theaters.

Dallas joins New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Nashville, New Orleans, Oakland, San Francisco and others in the program that has been underwritten by African-American business leaders in each respective city.

Selma won one Golden Globe award — Best Song for "Glory" by Common and John Legend — and will likely be nominated for multiple Academy Awards when the the nominations are revealed on Thursday, January 15.