The Atlantic | When Minority Students Attend Elite Private Schools


Initially, in the 1960s and ’70s there was a greater push to just integrate and assimilate,” McGovern says. “It wasn’t until the late ’70s and ’80s that diversity became less about numbers, and more about having a community that was inclusive and drew strength from the diversity of the student body.”

“When Minority Students Attend Elite Private Schools” profiles the making and influences of American Promise, while using  the documentary as a tool to discuss race, assimilation, diversity, culture, financial status, opportunity and education in the independent school system. The article also highlights the importance of a dialogue around the experiences of students of color to identify what can enhance their experiences, in addition to their peers.

Watch the American Promise trailer below:

A documentary 13 years in the making, American Promise follows the journeys of two African-American boys and their families from kindergarten to high school graduation and provides a powerful narrative about the lives of african-american boys and their families, as well as the factors that contribute to the achievement gap in education for black males.
Premieres on PBS on February 3rd. Visit to learn more.

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