The childhoods of two African-American boys from Brooklyn are chronicled in a film called “American Promise," debuting on PBS at 10 p.m. Feb. 3. The film follows Idris and his friend Seun for 13 years, from kindergarten through high school graduation, as they attend Dalton, one of the most prestigious private schools in the country.
The film was made by Idris’ middle-class parents, Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, who ask the question, “How can we help black boys succeed in America today?” Says Brewster: “Our goal is to empower boys, their parents and educators to pursue educational opportunities, especially to help close the black male achievement gap.”
The film won a special jury award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. It can also be seen from Feb. 4 to March 6 on PBS' website for "POV," at www.pbs.org/pov/americanpromise.