"American Promise" film viewing and discussion—Thurs., Oct. 30, 2014

October 8, 2014

To build awareness around the issue of racial disparities in student outcomes, OPRF and the Oak Park Public Library are co-sponsoring a community viewing of the acclaimed documentary "American Promise," followed immediately by a moderated discussion.

The thought-provoking documentary spans 13 years as two African-American boys make their way through The Dalton School in Manhattan, one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American filmmakers in Brooklyn, turned their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, chronicling the boys' divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation. This intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America's struggle to come of age on issues of race, class, and opportunity—issues that resonate in our local community.

Thurs., Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m., OPRF Little Theatre. Free. Come early, as seating is limited. Free popcorn and babysitting available.

As a follow-up to the film, community members are invited to read the companion book, Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life, and participate in a book discussion at the main library on Tues., Nov. 18.