Not in Our Town: Class Actions

Not in Our Town: Class Actions

Sat, 09/29/2012 - 10:30am - Sun, 09/30/2012 - 1:30am

PBS Pressroom

This film profiles students and community members who are creating change in the wake of racism, anti-Semitism, and the traumatic consequences of bullying. 

In support of the public media initiative to help students stay on the path to on-time high school graduation and future success, WXXI presents Not in Our Town, airing on Saturday, September 29 at 10:30 AM, 4:30 PM, and 11:30 PM on WXXI-World (DT21.2/cable 524). 

This program features three stories of students and their communities standing together to stop hate and bullying. Fifty years after James Meredith became the first black student at the segregated University of Mississippi, football fans revive the chant “The South will rise again.” Student leaders confront the divisive practice, sparking a campus visit from the Ku Klux Klan. The college town of Bloomington, Indiana, shocked after a Korean student was murdered by a white supremacist a decade ago, bands together again after anti-Semitic attacks on the eve of Hanukkah. Iin Lancaster, a city east of Los Angeles, a middle school counselor starts an anti-bullying program that inspires a citywide campaign after teen suicides in nearby towns shake the town into action.

Local support for the American Graduate Initiative and this broadcast is made possible by Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, preparing students for graduation, college, and a career.