American Promise

American Promise is an intimate and provocative account, recorded over 13 years, of the experiences of two middle-class African-American boys who entered a very prestigious—and historically white—private school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The Dalton School had made a commitment to recruit students of color, and five-year-old best friends Idris Brewster and Oluwaseun (Seun) Summers of Brooklyn were two of the gifted children who were admitted. The boys were placed in a demanding environment that provided new opportunities and challenges, if little reflection of their cultural identities.

Attend a FREE screening and discussion around the themes presented in American Promise

Thursday, May 22, 2014 5:15pm
Troy Prep - 2 Polk Street Troy, NY 12180

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 6pm
Schenectady County Community College

Watch American Promise online

Watch New York NOW's Education Special

Watch the extended Q and A from the New York NOW Education Special

See behind-the-scenes photos of the New York NOW Education Special

Additional resources for the film can be found here:
Discussion Guide
Promise Club Handbook
Teaching Tolerance
Being Black is Not a Risk Factor
Black and Latino Male High School Achievement Study
19 Qualities Not Measured by Most Tests
American Promise Infographic
Graduation Rate Statistics

Discussion Guide

Discussion Guide

Read/download the discussion guide corresponding with the film.

Underwriting Provided By:


American Graduate