On Saturday August 8th The Tubman Museum is partnering with the Macon Centreplex to present a Drive-in Screening of the film Selma to celebrate the life and legacy of civil rights icon John Lewis. The screening will take place in the parking lot in front of the Macon Coliseum. The Macon Coliseum is located at 200 Coliseum Drive in downtown Macon.
Paramount Pictures released the film Selma in 2014. Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, racial discrimination was still rampant, making it very difficult for black people to register to vote. In 1965, the town of Selma, Alabama became a battleground in the fight for African American suffrage. Despite violent opposition that almost cost John Lewis his life, Dr. Martin Luther King and the civil rights advocates and activists pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Selma was nominated for two Academy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards in 2015. That year the film won four NAACP Image awards for Outstanding Motion Picture, Actor, Supporting Actor and Actress. It is rated PG-13 and runs 2 hours and 8 minutes.
Gates open for this special Drive-in screening of Selma at 8:00 PM. The film begins at 8:30. There are no advance ticket sales for this event. The Tubman Museum is encouraging guests to consider a $25.00 donation per car for this event. Proceeds from the screening will support The Tubman Museum’s Operations and Public Programs. All donations will be accepted, and collected at the entrance to the Coliseum parking lot on the night of the event. Contact The Tubman museum (478-743-8544, www.tubmanmuseum.com) for more information about this event and other programs. Contact the Macon Centreplex (478-803-1593, MCP-Info@spectraxp.com) for more information about upcoming events at the Macon Coliseum and the Macon City Auditorium.