Normandy and Francis Howell School Districts Featured on PBS Web Series The March @50

Online Series, Part of the Nine Network’s American Graduate Initiative, Explores Promise to Desegregate Schools 50 Years After the March on Washington


St. Louis, MO—September 5, 2013—The March @50, a five-part documentary web series from PBS examining the legacy of the 1963 March on Washington, will explore the Missouri Supreme Court decision allowing Normandy School District students to transfer to the Francis Howell district. The episode, Still Segregated, will be released Monday, September 9 for viewing on The March @50 is part of the national American Graduate initiative.


In The March @50, filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman explores whether America has delivered on marchers’ demands for jobs, freedom, equal education and voting rights. Each short episode in the series examines a theme of the 1963 March on Washington through a contemporary lens. These short documentaries, approximately 7 to 10 minutes long, look at how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go to address the major issues of the Civil Rights era decades later.


Episode 3, Still Segregated, considers the issue of segregation in public schools. As part of that inquiry, the production followed up on a July 31, 2013, The New York Times article that featured Francis Howell and Normandy school districts. Tilghman interviews Gary Orfield,  founder of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, who was at the March 50 years ago and has spent the better part of his career exploring how and why American classrooms have re-segregated along ethnic, and often, socio-economic lines. Tilghman also speaks with students, teachers and administrators at Normandy and Francis Howell districts, some of whom see parallels between St. Louis of today and the Little Rock of yesterday.


The Nine Network of Public Media leads the local and national American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative to help young people achieve high school graduation and future success. American Graduate involves 75 public media organizations and more than 800 community partner organizations across the country—more than 50 in St. Louis alone.


About the Nine Network of Public Media

The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted public media organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life, including the Nine Center for Public Engagement, nineAcademy, and four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids). The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our mission of bringing St. Louis together as we connect our region to the world and the world to St. Louis.


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