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by Taylor Lindsay
February 24, 2014 5:00 PM
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'12 Years a Slave' to be Taught in Schools

'12 Years a Slave'

American public high schools are set to receive some new material. The National School Boards Association (NSBA) just partnered with New Regency, Penguin Books, and the filmmakers to distribute teaching material centered on "12 Years a Slave" including the film, the book, and study guides. The distribution will begin in September. 

Montel Williams is spearheading this initiative, following his model in distributing the Civil War film "Glory" to public schools.

“Since first reading ’12 Years a Slave,’ it has been my dream that this book be taught in schools. I am immensely grateful to Montel Williams and the National School Boards Association for making this dream a reality and for sharing Solomon Northup’s story with today’s generation,” said director Steve McQueen.

“The National School Boards Association is honored to partner with Fox Searchlight Pictures and Penguin Books to ensure that every public high school student in America has the opportunity to stare the stark realities of slavery in the eye through books and film,” said NSBA President David A. Pickler.


  • nation of idiots | February 24, 2014 6:02 PMReply

    Teach the book, leave the movie for students' own time.

  • Yarrrp | February 27, 2014 1:21 PM

    Any reason why?