Publication Date: May 19, 2013
This resource offers a powerful way to engage students, teachers, and community groups in honest dialogue about the ongoing problems of racism and what we can do to address them. The film tells the story of the first African Americans to integrate the White high school in Batesville, Mississippi, in 1967–69. A provocative and moving conversation emerges from separate discussions with African American alumni, White alumni, and a third dialogue that brings the two groups face-to-face . The 45-minute DVD and Discussion Guide can be used to fruitfully explore several issues and related themes, including the impact of desegregation on both students of color and White students, racial bullying, the impact on victims, the responsibility of bystanders, and the role adults play in perpetuating or interrupting racial microaggressions that negatively impact students of color.
This dynamic resource:
Lee Anne Bell is professor of education and the Barbara Silver Horowitz Director of Education at Barnard College, Columbia University.
“This is a moving and powerful documentary that uses storytelling to expose as well as heal the racial divide in American society.”
—Jacqueline Jordan Irvine, professor emerita, Emory University
“Producer Lee Bell is not only a brilliant educator and writer, but she has found a new medium for her message, and her call for action.”
—Michelle Fine, The Graduate Center, CUNY
2014 University of South Carolina Museum of Education’s Witten Award for Distinguished Documentary Film in Education
2013 NAME Multicultural Media Award