WOA! I was shocked yesterday to read about Canadian filmmaker Paul Saltzman’s latest documentary, Prom Night in Mississippi.
It is almost unbelievable that up until 2008, Charleston, Mississippi was having two racially segregated proms! I am very much looking forward to witnessing this history in the making. Hot damn! I cannot imagine how difficult it would be to live in that sort of oppressive and ignorant environment. Although Montreal and even Canada has it’s share of backwards mentalities, I feel blessed to live in such an open minded, culturally mixed, and tolerant environment where people can generally do what they please with whomever they please. Amen!
About The Film
In 1997, Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman offered to pay for the senior prom at Charleston High School in Mississippi under one condition: the prom had to be racially integrated. His offer was ignored. In 2008, Freeman offered again. This time the school board accepted, and history was made. Charleston High School had its first-ever integrated prom – in 2008. Until then, blacks and whites had had separate proms even though their classrooms have been integrated for decades. Canadian filmmaker Paul Saltzman follows students, teachers and parents in the lead-up to the big day. This seemingly inconsequential rite of passage suddenly becomes profound as the weight of history falls on teenage shoulders.