Join KCPT and UMKC for a sneak peek screening and discussion of “American Promise,” a documentary that was over 13 years in the making.
Directors Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, New York, turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through Manhattan’s Dalton School, one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.
After viewing clips from the film, we’ll examine how each of us – as parents, teachers and members of a larger community – play a role in shaping the identities of our nation’s black boys.
RSVP here, for this FREE event.
This event is co-sponsored by the UMKC School of Education, UMKC Black Studies Program, and the UMKC Urban Education Research Center.
“American Promise” is made possible by a grant from American Documentary | POV, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.