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Basic Black Salon Series: P.O.V. American Promise


Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

Boston, MA

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How far would you go to fulfill the promise and potential in your child?

We hope you can join us at WGBH Studios Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 7pm to 9pm for an inside look at the fascinating and provocative P.O.V. documentary American Promise.

American Promise was 13 years in the making and premieres Monday, Feb. 3 at 10pm on WGBH 2. The story follows Idris Brewster, a middle-class African American, from kindergarten through twelfth grade as he treks from his home in Brooklyn to Manhattan’s Upper East Side to attend the prestigious Dalton School. Throughout, his filmmaker parents document his experience of the school’s high-pressure academics and overwhelmingly white and wealthy social world. Unfolding alongside Idris’s story is that of his best friend Seun, who started at Dalton with him but later transferred to a predominantly African American public school, where he thrived.

As part of WGBH’s Basic Black Salon Series, the public is invited to continue the conversation on Tuesday Feb. 25, 7-9pm with special guest Michele Stephenson, Idris’s mom and one of the filmmakers. Michele will share her experiences of being behind and in front of the camera, as her son navigated the demands of Dalton and growing up as an African American boy. Kim McLarin, a writer and regular panelist on WGBH’s Basic Black, will moderate the discussion and welcome questions from the audience. A dessert reception will follow.

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