"American Promise" Encore Showing on May 9

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About 30 community leaders, as well as representatives from Asheville City Schools and Buncombe County Schools, viewed the powerful documentary American Promise on April 29. Recorded over 13 years, the film is an intimate and provocative account of the experiences of two middle-class African-American boys who entered a very prestigious – and historically white – private school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Educators discussing American PromiseChronicling the boys' divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation, complicated truths about America's struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity is explored in detail. The screening was followed by a facilitated discussion on achievement gap issues and initiatives in our local community.

Register here to join us on May 9 at 1 p.m. for an encore showing of American Promise, which won the US Documentary Special Jury Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The movie will be followed by a community conversation in which we explore the state of opportunities for students in Asheville and Buncombe County – and if we're doing enough to close the achievement gap.

This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documenary series POV and the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs.

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