“12 Years A Slave” Memoir And Movie Heading To American Schools
Author Solomon Northup’s heart-rending 1853 memoir “12 Years A Slave,” along with the Oscar nominated film of the same name, will be implemented into the American high school curriculum system beginning in September of this year.
The National School Boards Association announced that the work would be sent to public high schools across the United States through a partnership between the federation of schools boards, New Regency, Penguin Books, and the film’s producers. However, Individual school districts will decide whether or not to incorporate it in their curricula.
The film’s director Steve McQueen said, “Since first reading ‘12 Years a Slave,’ it has been my dream that this book be taught in schools.”
The news comes in the wake of the 2013 film dominating at the NAACP Image Awards, as well as winning in the Best Motion Picture category at the annual Satellite Awards, where McQueen was also named Best Director.
In case you haven’t seen it yet, “12 Years a Slave” follows the true accounts of Northup, a free black man living in upstate New York as he is abducted and sold into slavery.
Click for the trailer below:
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