I asked my wife Jan to watch this DVD, I was curious to find out what she would think. I also watched this DVD, and it was with an element of shock and horror that I write this article. As a student of history I had assumed that we had moved on from the 1950’s. The world of today is not the world that Rosa Parks lived in. I was wrong. It does appear that segregation is alive and well. Charleston Mississippi is nothing more than a very small dot on the map. The town boasts a population of just over 2000. The local high school (at the time of filming in 2008) had 415 students. The racial makeup of the school is 30% white, and 70% black.
It is 2008 and the subject of the senior prom is paramount in the minds of the students. The Prom in many young minds is a rite of passage. For some young people the Prom represents the culmination of several years of purgatory. You say goodbye to one form of punishment, and enter another, the ugly world of work.
Charleston is portayed in a very poor light. Racism is rampant, but not at the childrens level, it is the adults, parents, elders, and town officials. The local high school has never held an integrated prom night. There are two, one for the black students and one for the white students. Once again I must point out that this is 2008, not the 1950’s.
Charleston also happens to be the home of Mogan Freeman, a man that I admire greatly. And admire even more after watching this DVD.

He approached the shool with an offer that was hard to refuse, he would pick up the tab for the event on one condition. A single integrated prom. When he is asked the question ‘What is the budget? He shrugs it off, the budget is not the issue, it is about trying to find some common ground.

I think it would be fair to say that not everyone climbed on board. The ‘white’ administration put on a great act, but it was for the cameras, the principal was fine, the school board were having fits!

Once again I ask the question, was this racism?

Morgan Freeman is well known, and I am sure that he he has lots of money. I think that for him to reach out to the small town was wonderful.

One aspect that bothered me grea

I asked my wife Jan to watch this DVD, I was curious to find out what she would think. I also watched this DVD, and it was with an element of shock and horror that I wrte this article. As a student of history I had assumed that we had moved on from the 1950’s. The world of today is not the world that Rosa Parks lived in. I was wrong. It does appear that segregation is alive and well. Charleston Mississippi is nothing more than a very small dot on the map. The town boasts a population of just over 2000. The local high school (at the time of filming in 2008) had 415 students. The racial makeup of the school is 30% white, and 70% black.

It is 2008 and the subject of the senior prom is paramount in the minds of the students. The Prom in many young minds is a rite of passage. For some young people the Prom represents the culmination of several years of purgatory. You say goodbye to one form of punishment, and enter another, the ugly world of work.

Charleston is portayed in a very poor light. Racism is rampant, but not at the childrens level, it is the adults, parents, elders, and town officials. The local high school has never held an integrated prom night. There are two, one for the black students and one for the white students. Once again I must point out that this is 2008, not the 1950’s.

Charleston also happens to be the home of Mogan Freeman, a man that I admire greatly. And admire even more after watching this DVD.

He approached the shool with an offer that was hard to refuse, he would pick up the tab for the event on one condition. A single integrated prom. When he is asked the question ‘What is the budget? He shrugs it off, the budget is not the issue, it is about trying to find some common ground.

I think it would be fair to say that not everyone climbed on board. The ‘white’ administration put on a great act, but it was for the cameras, the principal was fine, the school board were having fits!

Once again I ask the question, was this racism?

Morgan Freeman is well known, and I am sure that he he has lots of money. I think that for him to reach out to the small town was wonderful.

One aspect that bothered me greatly was the fact that the rampant racism was not so much coming from the students themselves but rather their parents and the elder members of the community.
Racism is also portrayed as being a two way street, it is rampant with both the White and Black residents.

I recomend that you read Jan’s review.

Simon Barrett

ttly was the fact that the rampant racism was not so much coming from the students themselves but rather their parents and the elder members of the comunity.
Racism is also portrayed as being a two way street, it is rampant with both the White and Black residents.

I recommend that you read Jan’s review.

Simon Barrett

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