In 1997, Academy Award winning actor, Morgan Freeman, who lives in the Charleston, Mississippi community, offered to fund the first-ever integrated Senior Prom in the history of Charleston's one high school. His offer was ignored. In 2008, Morgan offered again... the East Tallahatchie County School Board accepted. In this town of 2,300 people, its high school of 415 black and white students has, to this day, always had separate proms: one black, one white prom. Our film follows the Charleston High senior class of 2008 preparing and attending their historic, first integrated prom, in the context of strong emotions, traditions, and conflict inherent in race relations in the community, and in the deep south. Some of the white parents maintained their whites-only prom.
15 January 2009 (USA)
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Baile de Formatura no Mississippi
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Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
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[a student's mother supporting an integrated prom
My grandmother always told us that we were all put on this Earth different. And when we all start integrating, there's not going to be any individuality. And we're all going to be the same. And if that's how God wanted us, he would have made us all the same to start with.
What Would You Do?
Written by Paris
Performed by Paris
Courtesy of Guerrilla Funk Recordings
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