Screening: American Promise
Join us for a free screening of American Promise and conversation about how we educate our children, common hopes and hurdles of parents navigating their childrens’ educational journeys and the challenges faced by Black families and boys hosted by The African American Leadership Forum.
About the Film
American Promise spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan’s Dalton School, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity. American Promise premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, won the Grand Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking, has received numerous excellent reviews, and is playing at film festivals around the world. The film will premiere on POV February 3, 2014.
The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) is a movement of African American Leaders and Community that understands, values, and leverages the power of the collective. We are united to bring about positive social change in the greater Seattle-King County African American community. AALF engages in deliberative dialogue and collective action to address the most critical issues affecting the well-being of all African American individuals and families in Greater King County. www.aalfnw.org
Presented by the African American Leadership Forum NW-Seattle (AALF), in partnership with the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and the Multicultural Education Rights Alliance (McERA)