- Published: [United States] : Distributed by New Video Group, 
- Year Published: 2010
- Description: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
- Language: English
- Format: DVD
- Saltzman, Paul.
- Aquino, Patricia.
- Freeman, Morgan.
- RTM Productions.
- HBO Documentary Films.
- New Video Group.
- Charleston High School (Charleston, Miss.)
- Racism -- Mississippi -- Charleston.
- Racism -- United States.
- Prejudices -- United States.
- Mississippi -- Race relations.
- United States -- Race relations.
- Documentary films.
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Prom night in Mississippi
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Call number: DVD 323.11 Pr
Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor
Videodisc release of the 2009 film.
In 1997, actor Morgan Freeman, a resident of the small town of Charleston, Miss., offered to pay for the senior prom at Charleston High School under one condition: the prom must be racially integrated. His offer was ignored. In 2008 he offered again, and the offer was accepted, changing the tradition of two separate proms for blacks and whites that had endured since the high school was integrated in 1970. Shows the problems and lessons learned as the event was planned and held. With comments from Morgan Freeman, students, and others. Intended to explore attitudes of racial intolerance that still persist today. In 2008, Charleson High School had 415 students, 70% black and 30% white.
DVD; Dolby 5.1 or 2.0 Dolby Digital sound.
Reviews & Summaries
While it's at first saddening to learn that such intolerance and shameful behavior as separate proms is still occurring in 2010, the kids in this story really shine, giving hope that we might one day be collectively mature enough to choose understanding over fear, tolerance over hatred, and equality over prejudice. They are an inspiration, and it's lucky, for history's sake, that their story is documented here.
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