Hundreds of students and their families from across New York state will be commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day this weekend by attending a showing of the award-winning film “Selma,” courtesy of NYSUT Vice President Catalina Fortino and the other NYSUT officers.
Fortino and NYSUT Director of Community Relations Paul Webster have spent much of this week reaching out to local leaders and to the union’s Regional Offices with an offer to foot the bill for the movie tickets. The response has been enthusiastically positive with tickets being made available, through NYSUT locals as well as the Capital District Area Labor Federation, to youth and community groups such as Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and others.
So far, participating communities include Albany, Buffalo, Freeport, Olean, Poughkeepsie, Schenectady, Syracuse, Troy and Yonkers. Webster said he expects more locals to accept the NYSUT offer over the next few days, and that some locals are planning forums and community discussions in conjunction with the showing of the film.
“Selma,” produced by and starring Oprah Winfrey and others, depicts Dr. King’s epic 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., to secure equal voting rights for all Americans.