American Promise is an intimate and provocative account, recorded over 13 years, of the experiences of two middle-class African-American boys who enter a prestigious private school and their families confront the opportunities and frustrations.
In February, as part of WXXI’s American Graduate initiative, American Promise aired on WXXI-TV and WXXI Education participated with viewers on a national level Twitter chat. WXXI also offered a free public screening at the Little Theatre. The screening was followed by a panel discussion. The conversation around this film have been very insightful, and we hope that the discussion will continue. Check out the video of highlights from WXXI's screening event talkback panel on 2/12/14
You can help keep the conversation going and here are some ways you can do so:
- Host a viewing party--large or small--to watch and discuss American Promise.
- Host a teachers or faculty event. Watch the film and then use the professional development curricula.
- Host a black male achievement panel with leaders in your community.
- Host a PTA, community center, citizen event, after school or education or youth event for citizens and teens that care about making a difference.
- Host a class event with high school students to discuss these issues. Use issues raised as writing prompts
- Host a community forum at your public library or other community site to discuss the issues
POV will loan you the American Promise DVD and provide links to resources to plan your event.
Film Discussion Guide: Download
Teacher Professional Development Resources from Tolerance.org
- NPR's feature on the American Promise
- Behind the Scenes POV Interview with Filmmakers: Joe Brewster & Michele Stephenson
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