It’s official: American Promise director Michèle Stephenson is coming to OSU next month. Our College of Education CLD group is organizing and hosting her visit with the generous support of several campus partners.
- On Monday, April 14, we will show the short 30 minute version of the film and host a panel discussion about the Black male experience in predominately White schools. This will take place in the Corvallis High School Theater, starting at 4 PM.
- On Tuesday, April 15, we will show the longer 80 minute version of the film, followed by a talk with director Michèle Stephenson. This will start at 7 PM in Milam Auditorium.
American Promise follows two boys, one of which is Michèle’s son Idris, from kindergarten through high school graduation. It centers on their experiences as two of just a few African-Americans at the prestigious Dalton School. It speaks to the unique experience of African-American boys in schools, to visibly standing out as an ‘only’ at school, to parenting styles/concerns, to issues of social class, etc.
View the official American Promise film trailer below.