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America Reframed | Our Mockingbird

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Watch Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 8pm on WORLD.

According to the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, the desegregation of U.S. public schools peaked in the ’80s, but since then, schools have become even more segregated. Our Mockingbird highlights the transformational experiences of teens from two extraordinarily different high schools in Birmingham, Alabama -- one all black and one all white -- who collaborate on a production of the play, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” 

The film weaves commentary from an array of notables including journalist Katie Couric; Congressman John Lewis; Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree; Former U.S. Attorney Douglas Jones (prosecutor of 16th Street Baptist Church bombing); Pulitzer Prize winning writer, Rick Bragg; Pulitzer Prize winning author, Diane McWhorter, as well as actors from the 1962 film and others who reflect on the legacy of Harper Lee’s prescient novel and a timeless line from her central character, Atticus Finch, who said: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

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