SALT LAKE CITY — With the highly anticipated film "Jane and Emma" set for release Friday, movie tickets purchased on opening day will be matched up to $40,000 with a donation to the NAACP.
According to a press release, $25,000 will come from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' foundation and the other $15,000 from the Bonneville Charitable Foundation.
"The NAACP applauds the producers of the film, 'Jane and Emma,' for working to bring to light (a) figure in Latter-day Saints history," Jeanetta Williams, president of the NAACP Salt Lake Branch, said in a press release. "The donation will help further the NAACP’s mission to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination."
"Jane and Emma" tells the true story of Jane Manning James, one of the most well-documented black Saints in the early Church of Jesus Christ, and her friendship with Emma Smith, wife of Prophet Joseph Smith. It chronicles the struggles and trials of church members in Nauvoo days after the martyrdom of Joseph Smith.
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly referenced LDS Charities. The donations will come from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' foundation and the Bonneville Charitable Foundation.