Host Your Own American Promise Screening

Host Your Own American Promise Screening

February-April, 2014

Idris and Seun

Credit: Courtesy of Michèle Stephenson

American Promise is an intimate and provocative account, recorded over 13 years, of the experiences of two middle-class African-American boys who enter a prestigious private school and their families confront the opportunities and frustrations.

In February, as part of WXXI’s American Graduate initiative, American Promise aired on WXXI-TV and WXXI Education participated with viewers on a national level Twitter chat.  WXXI also offered a free public screening at the Little Theatre. The screening was followed by a panel discussion. The conversation around this film have been very insightful, and we hope that the discussion will continue. Check out the video of highlights from WXXI's screening event talkback panel on 2/12/14

You can help keep the conversation going and here are some ways you can do so:

  • Host a viewing party--large or small--to watch and discuss American Promise.
  • Host a teachers or faculty event. Watch the film and then use the professional development curricula.
  • Host a black male achievement panel with leaders in your community.
  • Host a PTA, community center, citizen event, after school or education or youth event for citizens and teens that care about making a difference.
  • Host a class event with high school students to discuss these issues. Use issues raised as writing prompts
  • Host a community forum at your public library or other community site to discuss the issues
Schedule your event: Go to: POV Community Network and register for a free account.
When you sign in with your account, you will be able to schedule a community event.
POV will loan you the American Promise DVD and provide links to resources to plan your event.

Let us know how it goes!: If you have questions or would like us to list your event on the WXXI American Graduate site, please contact Marion French at WXXI Education & Interactive Services.

Resources for Your Screening of American Promise:

Film Discussion Guide: Download

Teacher Professional Development Resources from

Film Preview:

This program is made possible by a grant from American Documentary | POV, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


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