The story, set in Kansas during the 1920s, covers less than a year in the life of a black teenager, and documents the veritable deluge of events which force him into sudden manhood. The family relationships and enmities, the fears, frustrations and ambitions of the black teenager in small-town America are explored with a strong statement about human values.
By the time he was 14, the boy had learned what life was all about...Betrayal, Shame, Murder
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The first major studio feature film directed by an African-American (Gordon Parks
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Referenced in Sweet Trash
The Learning Tree
Words and Music by Gordon Parks
Sung by O.C. Smith See more