Black Business Leaders Raise $2 Million for Students to See ?Selma?

SelmaDuring this month of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, students from middle school to high school across the nation were treated to a free screening of Ava DuVernay’s Academy award-nominated film, ?Selma.?

And business leaders from Goldman Sachs, Essence, American Express, Citigroup and BET Networks made it happen.

According to the Atlanta Black Star, the group of Black executives who were gathered for a New Year?s Eve event began talking about the film?s importance. By the end of the night, the “Selma for Students” movement was born. They had made a plan to team up with Paramount Pictures to fund the ?educational outing.??

In the end, $2 million was raised and 285,000 tickets were distributed to students in 24 cities.

Read more at Atlanta Black Star.?