In celebration of the National School Boards Association's (NSBA)
partnership with New
Books, and the filmmakers
to distribute "12
Years a Slave" to public high schools, NSBA congratulates the film's
Director Steve McQueen for winning the 2014 Academy Award for Best
Picture. McQueen visibly wore the NSBA "Stand
Up 4 Public Schools" red campaign wristband as he accepted the Oscar
on behalf of filmmakers, cast and crew.
Up 4 Public Schools" campign centers on creating world-class public
schools, governed by school boards, to ensure that all students have the
opportunity to learn 21st century skills and are prepared for higher
education and the workplace.
"We are honored that Steve McQueen shared our wristband with the world
at the Academy Awards in support of strong public schools," said NSBA
Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel. "The red wristband sends a
powerful message about the importance of standing up for America's
public schools to help every child achieve world-class standards and a
The "12 Years a Slave" partnership initiative is coordinated by Montel
Williams, a featured celebrity spokesperson for the "Stand Up 4
Public Schools" national campaign. NSBA will assist in distributing an
edited version of the film, book, and study guide to "12 Years a Slave"
nationwide in September 2014. This version will be appropriate for high
school classrooms and each school district can decide whether and how to
utilize the resources.
"Since first reading '12 Years a Slave,' it has been my dream that this
book be taught in schools. I am immensely grateful to Montel Williams
and the National School Boards Association for making this dream a
reality and for sharing Solomon Northup's story with today's
generation," said McQueen.
NSBA President David A. Pickler attended the Academy Awards and met
McQueen on the red carpet before the event. Pickler gave McQueen the
wristband to wish him luck and as a sign of support for the partnership
and the film.
Learn more about the campaign and purchase a wristband at www.standup4publicschools.org.
Note: Photos of Steve McQueen wearing the "Stand Up for Public Schools"
wristband can be obtained through Getty Images:http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/director-steve-mcqueen-and-actor-producer-brad-pitt-accept-news-photo/476298855http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/film-director-steve-mcqueen-attends-the-oscars-held-at-news-photo/476351961
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate
for public education and supports equity and excellence in public
education through school board leadership. We represent state school
boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board
members throughout the U.S. Learn more at www.nsba.org.
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