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Basic Black: American Promise and Crushing the Black Male Achievement Gap

January 24, 2014

The usual stories about African American boys and education most often center on public school systems. But what about the opposite end of the spectrum?  American Promise is a documentary 13 years in the making, following the journeys of two African-American boys and their families from kindergarten through high school graduation. This provocative film provides a rare look into two middle class black families as they navigate the challenges of race, class and parenting within one of the wealthiest academic communities in America.  Filmmaker Joe Brewster joins Basic Black to talk about the making of the film.

- Callie Crossley, Host, Under the Radar with Callie Crossley
- Kim McLarin, cultural commentator and Assistant Professor of Writing, Literature and Publishing, Emerson College
- Peniel Joseph, Professor of history,Tufts University
- Phillip Martin, Senior Reporter, WGBH News

Join us at WGBH to continue the conversation and meet filmmaker Michele Stephenson on Tuesday February 25.  For more info and tickets, visit our events page.

American Promise premieres on POV on February 3 at 10:00pm - check your local PBS listings.  The companion book for the film, Promises Kept, is on bookshelves January 14.
(Photo: Idris Brewster and Oluwaseun (Seun) Summers.  Credit: Michele Stephenson.)

American Promise is made possible by a grant from American Documentary | POV, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.