Selma Film Showing and Black History Month Banquet

The 2014 film Selma will be shown in a public screening at the Georgetown Public Library at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 26. The film showing is free and open to the public.

The film tells the story of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the historic march on Selma, Alabama in 1965, which helped to galvanize the civil rights movement and fueled efforts to pass the Voting Rights Act later that year.

“Selma is not a manifesto, a battle cry or a history lesson. It’s a movie: warm, smart, generous and moving in two senses of the word,” says A.O. Scott in a New York Times review of the film. “It will call forth tears of grief, anger, gratitude and hope. And like those pilgrims on the road to Montgomery, it does not rest.”

Selma is rated PG-13 and is 128 minutes on length.

As part of Black History Month activities in Georgetown, the Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association will host the annual Black History Month Banquet at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 12. The banquet is at the McKinney Christian Ministry Center at First United Methodist Church, 410 E. University Avenue. For details, contact Paulette Taylor at ptofgt@aol.com.

The film showing and the banquet are part of a number of events happening in Georgetown in February to mark Black History Month. Other events include discussions of the book Just Mercy at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Georgetown Public Library and a series of four Courageous Conversations about Race at the Public Library.

Partner organizations co-sponsoring these events include the City of Georgetown, Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association, Georgetown Fellowship of Churches, Georgetown Fire Department, Georgetown Independent School District, Georgetown Ministerial Alliance, Getsemani Community Center Board, Georgetown Police Department, Georgetown Public Library, and Southwestern University.

Go to georgetown.org for details about these events.

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