American Promise, now streaming for free on POV.

American Promise is back for free streaming on POV from October 9, 2014 through November 8, 2014. Watch it now »

American Promise spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through Dalton, one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.

Since it’s premiere on PBS, the award-winning American Promise outreach campaign has visited cities across the nation to work with educators, parents, and students to expand and deepen the conversation around black male achievement, education equity and implicit bias. Visit the official American Promise site to find out more about the Advance the Promise Tour.

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