Set against vast historic and demographic changes unfolding across America, The Harvest follows a coalition of Black and white citizens working to create racially integrated public schools in a cotton town in the middle of the Mississippi Delta, the most rigidly segregated area in the nation. It tells the extraordinary story of how that first class became possible, then traces the lives of students, teachers and parents from the first day through high school graduation in 1982.

Watch AMERICAN EXPERIENCE tonight at 9pm on GBH 2.