February 27th, 2014
11:02 AM ET

Montel Williams Helps Schools to Share '12 Years a Slave'

The movie "12 Years a Slave" has been nominated for 9 Academy Awards and now the National School Boards Association just announced that powerful film, based on the memoir by the very same name, will be distributed to public high schools across the country.

TV personality Montel Williams played a key role in coordinating the distribution of the film to schools. Williams says two decades ago he was  involved in getting the motion picture “Glory” distributed in every high school across America and he wants to spread this film as well. 

"What’s crazy is everything just kind of came together," he says. "Fox Searchlight came together, you know, the National School Board came together. And I went down and spoke before them and said look, this is an opportunity for us to have something that tells the truth and can emotionally involve children in a way that they’ll understand what the pain of this era caused and what it could cause again."

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  1. time4aresolution

    We have a petition to end this initiative. No parents, students or educators were consulted in this matter at all. This is an insult and there is no science to prove that this is an effective method of educating our children.

    March 3, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Reply

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