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Building Educational Success: An Urban Perspective

A documentary film presentation and discussion with the director

Thursday, November 21, 4 to 5 p.m.

Teacher Education Building, 225 N. Mill Street  MERIT Library, Rm. 336


Black Lights: Their Voice, Their Lives, Their Promise; a documentary and discussion

Black Lights:  They Choose to Succeed  features  several students, educators, and community
members who offer insight into the academic achievements as well as perceptions
of black students in Chicago.  Come witness stories about student's struggles, experiences, and dreams; and most of all, about their will and ambition to overcome the obstacles that have been in their way. This event is hosted by film director Karla Manning, Doctoral Student, Curriculum & Instruction.

After the screening, the director will open up a discussion around the film and its implications. 

View a trailer for the film here:    


About the Director
Karla Manning is a doctoral candidate in UW-Madison's School of Education Curriculum and Instruction department. Manning is a former Chicago Public School teacher who traveled to South Africa as a volunteer English teacher working with young ESL students. In the film, Manning interviews African American students and leaders in Chicago area passionate about education. Each person discusses the importance of education and college preparation.

Learn more about the film and Manning's educational journey in her exclusive interview with Associate Dean Dawn Crim.

Will you be joining us?
Please leave us your name so that we may set up our screening for the appropriate number of people. We'll use your email address only in case we need to communicate last-minute changes.

Check Out Your Own Copy of Black Lights: They Choose to Succeed

This video is also available for check-out from MERIT Library. Non-UW fac/staff are asked to pick up a Courtesy Card at Memorial Library to check out materials. To receive a borrowing card, Wisconsin Public School K-12 educators can receive a free courtesy card with proof of affiliation and valid ID.

Copies are available for purchase here



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