By Taylor Lindsay | Indiewire February 24, 2014 at 5:0PM
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.