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Films capture struggles

2/6/2016, 6 a.m.
Will Smith’s “The Pursuit of Happyness” and “Selma, Lord, Selma” will be screened at DeKalb Library branches for Black History ...
“Selma, Lord, Selma” stars Clifton Powell (from left), Jurnee Smollett, Stephanie Zandra Peyton and Mackenzie Astin.

Will Smith’s “The Pursuit of Happyness” and “Selma, Lord, Selma” will be screened at DeKalb Library branches for Black History Month.

The Salem-Panola Library will show “The Pursuit of Happyness” on Feb. 16. The 5-to-7 p.m. screening is open to the first 48 participants.

The PG-13-rated film, which was released in 2006, tells the true-story struggles of single father Chris Gardner to create a better life for himself and his son.

It also stars Smith’s son Jaden.

The library is at 5137 Salem Road in Lithonia. For more information, call 770-987-6900.

‘Selma, Lord, Selma’ at Gresham Library

“Selma, Lord, Selma” starring Jurnee Smollett will be screened Feb. 18 at the Gresham Library in Atlanta.

The Walt Disney Studios-produced film tells the story of Sheyann Webb, an 11-year-old Alabama girl who is touched by a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965 and becomes a devout follower. But her resolution is tested when she joins others in the famed march from Selma to Montgomery. Portions of the drama, directed by Charles Burnett, were filmed in Griffin.

The 2-to-4 p.m. screening is open to the first 35 participants.

The library is at 2418 Gresham Road N.E. in Atlanta. For more information, call 404-244-4374.