*This is a major step forward on the behalf of public high schools.

12 Years a Slave” is not only a critically-acclaimed, award-winning film, but it’s going to be taught in public high schools.

Multiple parties are coming together to distribute books, films and study guides to teach slavery and the book/film in public high schools.

The National School Boards Association with and the filmmakers, New Regency and  Penguin Books  are teaming up for students to be taught about historical significance relating to race.

19th-century US slavery will be taught beginning in September 2014.

The film has garnered universal acclaim and sparked discussions built around US slavery and its impact on race in America.

Educating youth is the next step forward with it.

12 Years a Slave is one of the most impactful films in recent memory, and I am honored to have been able to bring together Fox Searchlight and National School Boards Association to maximize its educational potential,” the release said.

The released continued with:

“When Hollywood is at its best, the power of the movies can be harnessed into a powerful educational tool. 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, and I’m proud to be a part of that.”

“12 Years a Slave” is a frontrunner at the Oscars and have already won Golden Globes, Sag Awards and BAFTA.

Watch the report of slavery being taught in schools below:

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