The 2014 Oscar nominated film “Selma,” directed by Ava Duvernay, along with it’s companion study guide, Array 101, will be used as part of Los Angeles Unified School District’s summer curriculum.
The film portrays Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s 1965 campaign for voting rights.
Along with directing the film, Duvernay founded Array, a social change organization dedicated to amplifying films and shows made by people of color and women. Array 101 is a companion guide for education.
“She’s saying, ‘We’re not going to go with the structures that have been put in place that we’ve seen fail our children and our adults. We’re going to try something radical and different and new,'” Tammy Thomas Garnes, a former teacher, who’s now with Array 101 said. “Let’s talk about how the effects of the civil rights movement and the things that we thought we accomplished may or may not be manifesting themselves today.”