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Prom Night in Mississippi


90 minutes
Source: New Video Group

In 1997, actor Morgan Freeman, a resident of the small town of Charleston, Mississippi, offered to pay for the senior prom at Charleston High School under one condition: the prom must be racially integrated. His offer was ignored. In 2008, he offered again, and the offer was accepted, changing the tradition of two separate proms for blacks and whites that had endured since the high school was integrated in 1970. This film shows the problems and lessons learned as the event was planned and held, and explores attitudes of racial intolerance that persist today.

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