America Reframed: The Prep School Negro

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 8:00pm

At 14 Andre was invited into a world of privilege and knowledge - but what was left behind?

Andre Robert Lee and his sister grew up in the ghettos of Philadelphia. Their mother struggled to support them by putting strings in the waistbands of track pants and swimsuits in a local factory. When Andre was 14 years old, he received what his family believed to be a golden ticket, a full scholarship to attend one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country. Elite education was Andre's way up and out, but at what price? Yes, the exorbitant tuition was covered, but this new world cost him and his family much more than anyone could have anticipated. America Reframed: The Prep School Negro airs Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 8 p.m. on WXXI World.