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Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to: 

  • connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
  • share ideas about learning and human development;
  • spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy. 

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Two powerful films, one brave conversation

This morning DA parents Karen Berman and Rajeev Dharmapurikar shared news of tonight's PBS re-airing of the documentary film The Prep School Negro. For those unable to watch tonight, the film will also be streamed on worldchannel.org.

The Prep School Negro is the visual memoir of André Robert Lee, who attended Philadelphia's Chestnut Hill School on a full scholarship. Durham Academy hosted Lee in 2010 for a screening and Q&A - part of our longer and deeper conversation about how to make DA a place where all families thrive. Click here to read a great Slate article about the film. Or see the synopsis below.

Better still - join us on March 25 for a screening of American Promise, a film with similar themes that has energized our faculty this year. Click here for more information about our American Promise event.


The Prep School Negro

André Robert Lee and his sister grew up in the ghettos of Philadelphia. Their mother struggled to support them by putting strings in the waistbands of track pants and swimsuits in a local factory. When Andre was 14 years old, he received what his family believed to be a golden ticket – a full scholarship to attend one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country. Elite education was Andre’s way up and out, but at what price? Yes, the exorbitant tuition was covered, but this new world cost him and his family much more than anyone could have anticipated.

In The Prep School Negro, André takes a journey back in time to revisit the events of his adolescence while also spending time with current day prep school students of color and their classmates to see how much has really changed inside the ivory tower. What he discovers along the way is the poignant and unapologetic truth about who really pays the consequences for yesterday’s accelerated desegregation and today’s racial naiveté.

See the trailer.

Posted by in Other on Thursday February, 27, 2014


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