Feb 22


Diversity Film: “American Promise”

You are invited to a screening of American Promise, Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 6:00 PM, Community Center Multipurpose Room. It shows, through the experiences of two African American boys, the realities of the fact that in the U.S., African-American students across all income levels score an average of twenty-five points lower than their white counterparts on standardized tests. This is known as the racial achievement gap. We originally screened this film in October, 2013. It is an important and relevant film to view at this time. Since the original film screening, Roeper and other local educators have adopted and implemented appropriate programming and initiatives to ameliorate this problem. We will speak about these and ask for your input. Please mark your calendars and come to this film and discussion.

About the film: American Promise spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan’s Dalton School, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity. An Official Selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and winner of the Grand Jury Award at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. A co-production of Rada Film Group, ITVS and POV’s Diverse Voices Project. Part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, made possible by CPB.

MORE about the film.

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