MARSHALL - The big lights are shinning on Wiley College! The school's a cappella choir is a part of the new movie "Birth of a Nation". Thirty-one choir members were flown to Los Angeles, CA for Wednesday night's premiere. This is the second time Wiley College has been used for films. The first was based off of a true story at the college called "The Great Debaters".
Set in 1830, birth of a nation shows the life of Nat Turner, an enslaved Baptist preacher, that's quest for justice and freedom leads to a violent and historic Virginia rebellion.
Filmmaker Nate Parker is on the board of trustees at Wiley College. Also, he frequently visits the college to speak with students about film. Both films have made a big impact. "The first movie gave us an upward trajectory and in addition, Mr Washington gave us a million dollar gift to restart the debate team and overtime that has taken hold," College President Haywood L. Strickland said.
Earlier this week, Parker showed an advance screening of the film to students.
"It allowed us to see something that we don't see normally on television, it shows us our history it shows us the brutality the brutal standpoints of that time period," Senior Class President Joseph Stevens said.
Students will spend an extra day sightseeing in Los Angeles and will come back to campus Thursday night. Birth of a Nation comes out in theaters October 7th.
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