40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk?

Over 80 alumni, parents, faculty members, staff, and friends gathered at Bank Street in celebration of Black History Month to attend a screening and panel discussion hosted by the Pemberton Society and Staff Council’s Diversity Committee. They shared the documentary film 40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk?, which explores the impact of racial integration in the Mississippi Delta through powerful and moving dialogue with alumni from a high school class of 1969. The film provides a contemporary way to examine the impact of desegregation on those who participated in the first integration projects, and to reflect on our progress as a society and the challenges that remain for reaching the goals put forth in the 1955 Brown v. Board of Education decision.
Stephanie Penceal ‘92, a founding member of the Pemberton Society, opened the evening by introducing the Priscilla E. Pemberton Society and sharing the impact of its fundraising initiatives to date. 
Panelists were Lee Anne Bell, producer of 40 Years Later and the Barbara Silver Horowitz Director of Education at Barnard College; Fern J. Khan, Former Dean of Continuing Education at Bank Street College and current Board Chair at Partnership for After School Education (PASE); and documentary filmmaker Markie Hancock, Hancock Productions.

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