American Promise provides a rare look into the lives of two middle-class Black families as they navigate the ups and downs of parenting and educating their sons. The film provides a rare and vivid portrait of middle-class African-American families as the parents wrestle with doubts and angst over their sons’ educational journey and both families grapple with how best to support their sons and interact with teachers and administrators. All of this is set against the backdrop of a persistent educational achievement gap that dramatically affects African-American boys at all socioeconomic levels across the country.
After the film audience members are encouraged to stay and engage in a discussion about closing the achievement gap with Dr. Carroll Blake, Executive Director for the Achievement Gap at Boston Public Schools.
For more information about the film, please visit www.americanpromise.org.