Hollywood Theatre Education Programs welcomed students from Open Meadow Middle School on January 13th to a screening of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma. It was wonderful to see kids engaging with such important issues as this film depicts.

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Response to Selma by: Hayden, Age 11 

Hello Open Meadow School. It’s me Hadyn. I’m here to talk about discrimination. Most of us watched a movie about Martin Luther King Jr…sorry for the ones who didn’t. Good movie. Anyway, when Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery, lots of people didn’t like it. So they separated the races. Martin Luther King Jr. stopped that separation. He did it, no, him and many other people did it for me, for your family, your friends, and most importantly, they did it for YOU. Yeah, that’s right, YOU, all of you. The next generation of America. Many people have died for you. I don’t know about you. but I think no one should have the right to kill anyone. People are fighting for all kinds of races, some I don’t even know about. No human is better than the other. The president, Barack Obama, he is no better than you. Yeah, sure he has body guards to protect him. But do you know why he is protected? So many people want to kill him for the decisions he’s made. They didn’t like them. But the president still fights. You know why? He is willing to DIE for you. HE is willing to sacrifice his LIFE for this country and the people who live in it. Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi. You know how they are the same? They won the battle without violence. I hope you can do the same. See you next time!