The National School Boards Association (NSBA) has partnered with New Regency, Fox Searchlight, Penguin Books, and the filmmakers to make copies of the acclaimed film, book, and study guide 12 YEARS A SLAVE available to America’s public high schools.
    This nationwide educational initiative was the brainchild of director Steve McQueen and Montel Williams, and now 12 YEARS A SLAVE educator toolkits are available to all public high school teachers timed to the 2014-15 school year.  Educators who gain permission to teach 12 YEARS A SLAVE to their students will receive a free kit which includes: a DVD copy of the film (edited version with disclaimer/parental consent requested); a paperback copy of the Penguin book; the 12 YEARS A SLAVE printed study guide; and a letter from Steve McQueen. Any U.S. public high school teacher with permission to add this to the high school curriculum can visit and click on the button for teachers to opt in and request an educators’ toolkit for their school.
    A launch event will be held in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act on September 25th at Howard University in Washington, DC. Filmmaker Steve McQueen, NSBA representative David Pickler and TV Personality Montel Williams will participate in a town hall at 4pm, moderated by political analyst Michelle Bernard to discuss their plans to keep 12 YEARS A SLAVE in the forefront of the Nation’s minds by making Solomon Northrup’s story available to every public high school in the U.S. If you are in the D.C. area and would like to attend, please RSVP at

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