Rock Hill’s Manchester Cinemas this weekend will be part of the national drive that is sending hundreds of thousands of students to see the movie “Selma” for free.
Regal Manchester and Regal Starlight Stadium theater in Charlotte are participating in the “Selma for Students” initiative that spread across the country to 28 metropolitan areas. All the money has been donated to purchase tickets for students. In just a few days after social media action and a story in The Herald, more than $20,000 in the Charlotte area has been donated, said Dr. Bill Alleyne, a physician with a Rock Hill practice who coordinated the Charlotte region’s inclusion in the national drive.
“It is awesome – unbelievable,” Alleyne said. “The generosity of people is wonderful. We have had interest for students from as far away as Greenville.”
Groups from York County, including a class from York Comprehensive High School, are already set to attend.
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The movie documents the time and events surrounding the 1965 civil rights march in Selma, Ala. Tens of thousands of students across America saw the movie over the weekend, including on Monday – the national holiday honoring the march’s leader, Martin Luther King Jr.
The movement to send students to the movie started in New York among black business leaders. A nonprofit foundation was created to handle the donations – and all the work was done by volunteers. Alleyne, one of late pop superstar Michael Jackson’s former doctors in New York and a friend of some of the organizers, volunteered to spearhead adding Charlotte-area students to the national effort.
Middle and high school students with a valid student identification can go this weekend to any screening and see the movie, while ticket supplies last, Alleyne said.
To check movie times and locations go to Selmastudenttickets.com, #SelmaforStudents. A Charlotte tab has been added to the website after the regional push that added the area late last week.
Donations are still being accepted and can be earmarked for local Charlotte area tickets.