01/25/2005

SPLC Film Nominated for Oscar

The Children's March tells the story of Birmingham's youth activists who defied segregation in 1963.

Mighty Times: The Children's March, a Center-produced film that tells the story of youth activism in Birmingham, Ala., during the Civil Rights Movement, has been nominated for an Academy Award.

The film, co-produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Home Box Office, was nominated in the Best Documentary Short Subject category.

Made by Tell the Truth Pictures, The Children's March tells the story of the young people of Birmingham, Ala., who braved fire hoses and police dogs to help end segregation in 1963.

"The real heroes of the film are the children of Birmingham," said Jennifer Holladay, director of tolerance education programs at the Center. "We hope to inspire new generations with the distribution of this film. It serves as a reminder of the power of youth to change the world, then and now."

Academy Award nominations were announced this morning. Oscars will be awarded February 27.

The Children's March is among five films to be nominated in the Best Documentary Short Subject category. Joining it are:

The Children's March is included in a new Teaching Tolerance educational kit that will be distributed free to schools throughout the nation.

The kit includes the 40-minute documentary film, available in VHS or DVD format, with closed-captioning, and a teacher's guide with nine standards-based lesson plans for social studies, language arts and music. It is designed for the middle and upper grades.

The Children's March joins four other Center films that have been nominated, including A Time for Justice which won the Oscar in 1995.