Prom Night in Mississippi

Prom Night in Mississippi

DVD - 2010
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In 1997, actor Morgan Freeman, a resident of the small town of Charleston, Miss., 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. Shows the problems and lessons learned as the event was planned and held. With comments from Morgan Freeman, students, and others. Intended to explore attitudes of racial intolerance that still persist today. In 2008, Charleson High School had 415 students, 70% black and 30% white.
Publisher: [United States] : Distributed by New Video Group, [2010]
ISBN: 9781422949047
Branch Call Number: DVD 323.1196 P944
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in


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I would had gone to prom in 2010 but i didn't i could had gone in 2011 but i didn't think my mom would let me and i didn't go untll 2012 and 2013

Apr 05, 2018

"Tradition is one thing,” Morgan Freeman remarks. “Idiocy is another," he immediately adds. The movie takes a look at a shocking form of racial bigotry as it comes to an end. A Mississippi town with less than three thousand residents holds its first ever integrated prom. The film gives cameras over to the young people themselves and shows how truly messy all of the little interactions are not just past color lines but also class lines and gender lines.

The only real flaw, though somewhat of a big one, is that the movie seems to lack a lot of context. It only touches upon the broader situation of inequality and prejudice within the southern U.S. as a whole. Some additional scenes, particularly in terms of what happened to the students after the prom finished, probably should've been added. At the same time, though, the raw and sincere feelings of all of the young people as they make history get a much-needed spotlight. The film, in the end, is absolutely worth watching.

ltggoddess Oct 25, 2012

Definitely worth watching. Amazing that in 2008 this was still happening (segregated proms). Ironic how the 'white prom' was held in a federal facility, with US taxpayer funded security to keep the non-whites out.

I emailed the film-maker, Paul Saltzman, for an update as to what is happening at the school and the following was his response:

"thanks for your email...and your kind words of appreciation... the school may have its own website. not sure. the integrated proms still continue, they just had their 5th this year. yes, there is still a 'whites only' small prom.


May 02, 2012

This movie was quite uplifting. Most of the kids really make you hopeful for the future of their town. An interesting look at another part of North America anyway.

Rachel L Chacon May 20, 2011

who knew this was still happening so late in our 'progressive' society, and furthurmore somehow accepted by the community?


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