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Sixty years after the Little Rock Nine faced mobs of racially charged hatred and became cornerstones of the Civil Rights movement, Teach Us All
examines how the present day United States education system fails to live up to that promise of desegregation as it slides back into a re-segregation of its modern schools.
Due to storied histories of discriminatory housing practices which enforced segregation, case studies of the public schools in Little Rock, New York City, and Los Angeles present microcosms of the inequities and challenges manifesting in classrooms across America. Educator turnover rates become such that some schools just have to depend on warm bodies. Applying to a high school in a better neighborhood becomes more competitive than applying for an Ivy League university. The labyrinthine admissions process leaves working-class and minority parents out in the cold, and students believe their high schools are just pipelines into the prison system.
The film weaves together interviews from two Little Rock Nine members, archival images, and news footage to ask: How far have we really come in 60 years and where do we go from here?FEATURED IN THE FILM
- Elizabeth Eckford, Little Rock Nine
- Terrence Roberts, Little Rock Nine
- Sylvia Mendez, Civil Rights Activist
FILMMAKER'S STATEMENT: "Teach Us All is organized around three central themes: the critical role of teachers in shaping the lives of young people; the urgent need for community engagement to ensure the success of schools; and the power of students themselves, who must now take up the mantle from the Little Rock Nine and fight for the quality, equitable educational system they deserve and that has yet to be realized. But ultimately, this affects all of us, and can only be solved in collaboration."
Reviews and Festivals"I really thought this was '13th'-esque, in a way. They're both stories about what we take for granted as being the truth, like the 13th Amendment or the fact that schools were desegregated, but there are problems. Sonia's a promising documentarian...I'm proud to be able to support her work and I hope that she continues."
— Emmy-winning Director Ava DuVernay
"While we celebrate the Little Rock Nine today, we also must acknowledge
the reality of education in America in 2017. Fast forward 60 years.
Segregation in America is alive + well + education inequality persists
throughout the nation. To learn more [about] education inequality today,
I encourage you to check out [Teach Us All]."
— Common, award-winning Recording Artist
"An alarming denunciation of the public education system, which continues to fail many students of color each year."
— Good Education
"This compelling film documents racial inequality in schools, cities,
and states across the U.S...Bleak facts and figures are in contrast to
the more positive ending, which shows individuals working together to
push for change and help end racial injustices."
"Whether you're in this work or don't think you are impacted by the work, Teach Us All is relevant no matter where you are. We all need to be in the conversation."
— Chris Tuttell, Washington Magnet Elementary School
"Teach Us All provided us a powerful catalyst through which we had some necessary and important conversation in our district."
— Michael Parker West, Instructional Technology Facilitator, Wake County Public Schools
"When a flower does not bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower. Teach Us All has inspired me to ensure equity for all of the Bradley's and beyond."
— Roaxann J. Sykes, Assistant Principal
"To all who made this film possible, thank you from the bottom of my heart! Vitally important film that must be at the forefront for resolutions of all our problems in our nation!"
— Elisabeth Siegel, Co-founder ForWORDS Literacy Lab
"Teach Us All allows educators to take a moment to reflect on why they went into education. For our district, Teach Us All nudged us to have essential dialogue to continue the work to ensure every classroom, regardless of its location in the district, is one we would want our own flesh and blood in."
— Daniel Gridley, M.Ed, K-2 Literary Coach & Intervention Facilitator
"The Teach Us All documentary
provides a much-needed tool to engage students and faculty in critical
conversations. At a time when the role of education has never been more
important to our democracy and the well-being of our environment, Teach Us All
has the power to create a social justice movement and to provide a
platform that allows today's socially conscientious young people to
develop ideas, actions, and solutions that lead to increased equity and
— Faye Snodgress, Executive Director, Kappa Delta Pi
California African American Museum
African American Museum of Philadelphia
National Civil Rights Museum
Houston Museum of African American Culture
Urbanworld Film Festival