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Charleston Community Coordinating Trips To View 'Selma'
1/28/2015 4:47:25 PM

Linda Ketner

Senator Marlon Kimpson
By Barney Blakeney

The Academy nominated movie ‘Selma’ is being acclaimed as one of the most thought-provoking and realistic portrayals of Dr. Martin L. King Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement.

But more than just a good movie about King and the movement, some think the movie is an invaluable teaching tool to a generation of young people who have little insight into that time in American history. They hope to offer more opportunities for students to view it. Charleston activist James E. Campbell has been facilitating discussion.

In the Los Angeles-Long Beach, California area 75,000 free ‘Selma’ tickets have been released to 10th and 11th grade students. Around the country over 275,000 ($2 million) have been donated for youth and in some cases, to seniors, to view the movie.

“That’s an amazing show of community and cooperative economics,” said Etoy Ridgnal of Community Advocacy Partners.

Closer to home South Carolina Cong. James E. Clyburn two weeks ago rented out a Columbia theater and with his grandaughter and over 200 others viewed the movie. He joined three other congressmen to rent a District of Columbia theater as well.

Charleston Sen. Marlon Kimpson, Charleston City Councilman Keith Waring and Walterboro dentist Harold Rhodes are sponsoring a Feb. 7 showing for 120 7th-12th grade students in North Charleston. His office is coordinating efforts in an attempt to coordinate hosting the entire theater on that date. Call 843-906-0933 for information.

“I applaud all who are coordinating and working on these efforts, he said.

And local businesswoman Linda Ketner said, “I am 100 percent behind this and want to stress that white children absolutely and definitely have a lot to learn by seeing ‘Selma’ as well.” She suggests reaching out to Charleston County School District.

Burke High School Principal Maurice Cannon said his faculty members are coordinating a field trip for the school’s over 400 student population to a local theater to view the movie. Teachers are developing curriculum materials that will be used to connect themes to learning activities that will take place this semester. The Burke Foundation is sponsoring the initiative.

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