Continuing Ed Presents: American Promise

Friday, January 10th - Sunday, January 12th

Continuing Ed Presents: American Promise

(This on-going series presents films and speakers in order to advance discussion about the future of education and education reform.)

Friday, January 10th, 7:00pm


(Sponsored by Hue-Man Books)

American Promise

Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, 2013, 142 min.

American Promise spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys' divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan's Dalton School, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America's struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.

Q&A with directors Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson and their son and American Promise subject Idris, moderated by Marva Allen of Hue-Man Books.


“Promise's Kept” Book Signing (sponsored by Hue-Man Books.)

To coincide with the POV documentary, the book Promise's Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life–Lessons Learned from the 12-Year American Promise Project, by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson with Hilary Beard publishes on January 14th. Where American Promise raises provocative questions, “Promise's Kept” delivers answers, combining insights Brewster and Stephenson derived from their own experiences with the latest research on closing the black male achievement gap, providing readers with an unprecedented toolkit full of practical strategies from infancy through the teenaged years.

Tickets are $25 for the American Promise screening and signed copy of “Promise's Kept” (retail $18).