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! The documentary premieres July 20th on HBO. (Source: Sundance Festival)
Visit the website at http://www.promnightinmississippi.com/ for a sneak preview.
Here's a photo from CNN's Anderson Cooper's blog of Soledad O'Brien with youth participants from the Journey for Change program, founded by Malaak Compton Rock, wife of comedian Chris Rock. The youth traveled to South Africa and their journey will be featured on CNN's Black in America 2, premiering on July 22 and 23rd at 8pm. Youth pictured in the photo: Steven Pallares, Zuliana Burnett, Sayris Pallares, Sadara Lewis, Queen Clyde, Mariah Ralph, Soledad O’Brien, Imaan Williams, Yolaine Calixte, Jenee Lawson, Sydney Smart, Daisa Carr. Joshua Hall on the floor. Visit the blog HERE to read how the trip changed them. (Photo: CNN.com)
Here's a photo sent in by BlackGivesBack reader Nellie Bogar of Nellie's Youth Village, a non profit after school and summer program located in Walton Beach, Florida. Since 1999, they have served over 600 youth in the community. The theme for the organization's 10 year anniversary is “The Fitness Kids…Getting’ our bodies and minds in shape!” The entire year is dedicated to educating the children and their families on the advantages of daily exercise and proper nutrition.
Nellie shares that their organization has been chosen as a community site to combat childhood obesity through the We Can! program, a national public education program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help prevent overweight and obesity among youth ages 8-13.
With the generous support of the local community, which included 3,000 square feet of donated program space by Pastor Larry Boldin and the Striving for Perfection Ministries in Ft. Walton Beach, Fl, the organization was able to provide 30 low-income youth with full scholarships to attend their summer camp. On August 15th, the youth will perform a free musical production entitled America's Next Top Fitness Kid. For more information, contact the Founder/Director Nellie Bogar at njbogar[at]yahoo.com or visit their website at www.nelliesyouthvillage.org.
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