Local students reflect on movie ‘Selma’

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 file photo, Oprah Winfrey locks arms with David Oyelowo, left, who portrays Martin Luther King Jr. in the movie "Selma," Ava DuVernay, the director of "Selma" and rapper/actor Common, far left, as they march to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., in Selma, Ala. The 50th anniversary of the civil rights marches in Selma and the hit movie, "Selma," that tells the story are expected to bring thousands of visitors to this historic Alabama city. Visitors can still walk across the bridge where voting rights marchers were beaten in 1965 and visit the churches where they organized the protests. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – This year marks 50 years since the historic march in Selma, Alabama. In 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. led thousands of people through the city’s streets as a way to rally for equal voting rights.

The recently released movie “Selma” chronicles that journey.

Many students from Washington and Perry Townships were able to watch the move “Selma” for free at the Georgetown 14 Cinema to get a better understanding of the historic march.

A number of local and national community leaders, as well as the Grassroots Foundation donated so the students could get the lesson for free.

At the end of the movie, the students were able to ask questions to several people who have either lived during that time or whose parents lived during that time.

Tiara Ratcliff, an 8th grade students, said, “Being here was a better experience because we were around students from other schools in the district and it was better than being in a regular classroom.”

Teacher Jasmin Burch said, “Kids love different ways of learning so this is outside the school setting, it’s a little more relaxed for them, and they’re getting education at the same. Maybe they didn’t know or understand everything and so this is as hands-on as it gets.”

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