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American Promise is a documentary that has generated incredible buzz and won critical acclaim. Husband and wife filmmakers, Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster, will join us to discuss this important work.
In the film, the exclusive and private Dalton School in NYC has recently committed to opening its doors to a more diverse student population. The film follows Idris and Seun, two African American boys, and their families from the day the boys first enroll as 5-year-olds at Dalton through to their graduation 12 years later. The audience is allowed to enter an intimate space with the families as race and class and well-meaning diversity aspirations collide. As the filmmakers tell us, "Opportunity is the first step."
Host Allison R. Brown is a civil rights attorney and owner of Allison Brown Consulting (ABC), which works with schools and other entities to create education equity plans and promote student equity.
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