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February 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The National School Boards Association has recommended that the Oscar-nominated 12 Years a Slave be made part of the national high-school curricula beginning this September. In an alliance with New Regency, the film’s distributor, Penguin Books, which published the original 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup on which the movie is based, and talk-show host Montel Williams, the NSBA plans to provide DVDs, books, and study guides to school districts that are affiliated with the 64-year old organization. “When Hollywood is at its best, the power of the movies can be harnessed into a powerful educational tool,” Williams said in a statement. “This film uniquely highlights a shameful period in American history, and in doing so will evoke in students a desire to not repeat the evils of the past while inspiring them to dream big of a better and brighter future.”