Mayor Nutter, Citizens Bank and community leaders will host a day at the Pearl on Saturday.

 Philadelphia, January 16, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and the City of Philadelphia, in partnership with Citizens Bank, will host a day at the Pearl Theater at Avenue North for Philadelphia youth, ages 13-21, to see Selma for free on Saturday, January 17th. These screenings are being funded by the generosity of Citizens Bank. There will be three showings: 1pm, 4pm and 7pm. Mayor Nutter will attend the 4pm show. The Mayor’s Commission on African American Males, the Philadelphia Youth Commission and community partners have done outreach to youth to attend the screenings. There are still openings for the 7pm showing, for details on how to sign up contact by 7pm Friday, January 16th.

Additionally, Philadelphia has been added to the “Students for Selma” initiative, a national effort that began in New York City. The City of Philadelphia and local and national business leaders have raised $44,000 to allow students in grades 7, 8 and 9 to see the film through January 19th as part of this initiative. Contributing sponsors to the “Students for Selma” local initiative are Henri G. Moore, Les Brun, Charisse Lillie, Harold Epps, Shelley Stewart and Lydia G. Mallett. Students must present a student ID or report card for admission. For more information visit:

“We want to encourage as many young people as possible to watch Selma in order to understand what it was like during the civil rights movement. It is one thing to read about these events, but it is a different experience entirely to see it played out on screen,” said Mayor Nutter. “I hope that seeing the film will give students a better understanding of not only the life of Dr. King and so many others who fought for equality, but also the combination of strategic planning, cohesive messaging and grass-roots organizing that fuels a movement of this magnitude. In light of recent events across the country and with the Martin Luther King Day of Service this month, the timing of the release of this film could not be more relevant. I want to thank all the generous sponsors who donated to this effort.”

Henri Moore, Senior Vice President of Citizens Bank, said, “Citizens Bank is proud to sponsor the showings of Selma. On the weekend when we celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday, the movie will provide an important lesson for students to learn about the struggle over voting rights that occurred 50 years ago.”

For information on how you can support “Students for Selma”, email


Mayor’s Commission on African American Males:

The Mayor’s Commission on African-American Males (MCAAM) encourages the development and implementation of policies, programs and practices specifically intended to improve conditions affecting the cultural, social, economic, political, education, health and general well-being of African-American males residing in Philadelphia. The Commission is empowered to make recommendations to all relevant and appropriate stakeholders relating to the improvement of conditions in Philadelphia for African-American men and boys.

Philadelphia Youth Commission: 

The Philadelphia Youth Commission represents Philadelphia’s youth in public hearings and gives testimony that reflects the youth perspective. The Commission works with the City, non-profits, community organizations and private entities to develop strategies to improve the lives of Philadelphia’s youth.

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