by Zach Farnum
Trevecca students on Thursday can go see “Selma”, a movie about the voting rights march from Selma Montgomery, Ala, for free.
Trevecca SGA will be sponsoring the trip so tickets are free with a SLAP card and regular cinema ticket price without. The movie will begin at 7:20 p.m. with two vans leaving from the Hub at 6:45 p.m. for Opry Mills Cinema.
This event is part of Trevecca’s multicultural and diversity program as February is Black History Month.
“Several of our students went on the Southern Cultural Music and Civil Rights tour last year where we went to Selma and walked over the Edmund Pettus bridge and met with some people who were involved in the march, so it ties in with that,“ said Matt Spraker, associate dean of students for community life.
The film chronicles the historic voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. led by Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965. Starring David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth, and Carmen Ejogo the movie has garnered numerous Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations winning the Golden Globe for Best Original song.
Spraker hopes that students will learn more about the Selma to Montgomery march as well as continue a conversation about civil rights and voting rights.
“Hopefully it will encourage people to go out and meet some of these people and experience it,” said Spraker, noting that most of these places are within driving distance and many of the people that took part in these events are still alive.