Lesson Not Learned: “America To Me” Documents Why Race Has Everything To Do With Education

Focusing on the documentary “America to Me,” about race relations at the high school in the affluent town of Oak Park, Illinois, on his program 1a, Joshua Johnson hosts:

  • Charles Donalson Former student, Oak Park-River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois. He is one of about a half-dozen students featured in the documentary “America to Me.”
  • Steve James Director and documentarian. His former projects include 1994’s “Hoop Dreams,” 2014’s “Life Itself,” and 2011’s “The Interrupters.” His latest is a 10-episode documentary series called “America to Me.”
  • David Stovall Professor of African American Studies, University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Amanda Lewis Director, The Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois Chicago; author, “Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequity Thrives in Good Schools”;

To hear the program, click here.   Click here for a guide on racial inequality in education across the U.S., from ProPublica.


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