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Black History Month: American Promise

11:00 AM, Feb 3, 2014   |    comments
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Airs: Monday, February 3, 10:00 pm on WGVU 

All American families want to give their children the chance to succeed, but opportunity is only the first step. Filmmakers Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster believe this is particularly true for families raising black boys. Their film, American Promise, shines a light on these issues and aims to empower boys, their parents, and educators to pursue educational opportunities, especially to help close the black male achievement gap.

ABOUT AMERICAN PROMISE:
American Promise spans more than 12 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle 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 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.

Included are the challenges and tragedies that life brings, such as one mother's colon cancer and the accidental death of Seun's beloved younger brother, forming much of the drama of American Promise. At stake, beyond the challenges of being white or black in America, is the meaning of success in our country. Experts say American Promise is an outstanding, honest portrayal of the complexities involved in steering black boys to succeed where cultural barriers and environmental obstacles still remain. 

Courtesy: Corporation for Public Broadcasting 

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