Every high school in the United States -- public and private -- will receive a free copy of the DVD of "Selma."

The movie depicts the march that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery to secure equal voting rights for African-Americans.

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DVDs, which began shipping this month, will be sent to the principal's attention.

"By providing DVDs to all of the high schools in the country, we hope to reach all 18 million high school students with the film's powerful and inspiring story," Megan Colligan, president, worldwide distribution and marketing, Paramount Pictures, said in a news release.

Teachers who would like to receive a free copy of a companion study guide can visit bazaned.com.