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AARP Pennsylvania Brings SELMA to Philadelphia

As an exciting addition to the AARP’s Movies for Grownups® initiative, AARP Pennsylvania hosted a screening of the critically acclaimed film, SELMA, on Thursday, January 8th, 3pm at Rave Theatre in University City.

Director Ava DuVernay’s SELMA tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther Kin

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g Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. King led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from SELMA to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. The film stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon Johnson, and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, as well as other marquee stars, including Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Common. SELMA has been nominated for numerous awards for acting, writing and directing, including the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Original Song, Golden Globes, the NAACP Image Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards.

Since 2002, AARP’s Movies for Grownups® has been celebrating movies with special appeal for the 50+ audience through online reviews, film festivals, private member screenings, social media, and a weekly TV series. More information about Movies for Grownups can be found on www.aarp.org

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