Lincoln Academy will host a screening and discussion of the 2014 film Selma on January 26 at 6:00 PM in the Parker Poe Theater.

Selma is based on voting rights marches from Selma to montgomery, Alabama led by Martin Luther King, Jr. that eventually resulted in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act of 1965. The film stars David Oyelowo as King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Tim Roth as George Wallace, and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King. It was nominated for Best Picture in 2014.

The film deals directly with issues of inclusion, democracy, and civil rights, issues that Lincoln Academy has been addressing throughout January in an extended celebration of Martin Luther King Day.

After the film there will be a discussion led by Megan Taft of Kieve-Wavus Education and Roland Davis, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at Harvard University. Taft earned a masters in social justice education from UMass and currently leads the efforts of the Kieve-Wavus Leads program, an expeditionary based mentoring program for local students. Davis earned graduate degrees from Boston College and UNH and held key leadership roles at Bates College and Simmons College before recently joining Harvard University as Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, where he serves as a thought leader guiding the Harvard community around issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The public is welcome to attend, and the event is free. Click here to see the event page on Facebook.