Monday, July 20, 2009
Documentary: HBO's Prom Night in Mississippi
Check out this preview of the documentary Prom Night In Mississippi, a documentary based on a high school that, up until a year ago had two separate proms, one for the white kids and the other for the blacks!
In 1997, Morgan Freeman offered to pay for the senior prom at Charleston High School under one condition: the prom had to be racially integrated. After that offer was ignored, Freeman returned eleven years later and the school board accepted. Charleston High School had its first-ever integrated prom in 2008 (until then, blacks and whites had separate proms).
The documentary follows students, teachers, and parents as they lead up to the big day - which, doesn’t come without much opposition in a town where deep rooted racism is still planted. This should be really interesting to watch! Prom Night in Mississippi premieres @ 9PM ET/PT on Monday, July 20th on HBO.