In 1997, Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman offered to pay for the senior prom at Charleston High School in his Mississippi home town 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. Until this moment, at Charleston High School, blacks and whites had separate proms even though their classrooms have been integrated for decades. Prom Night in Mississippi follows the students, teachers, and parents in the lead-up to the big day.
Prom Night In Mississippi captures a big moment in a small town, where hope finally blossoms in black, white, and a whole lot of taffeta.
On November 13th Canadian Club's own Amanda Lang, Senior Business Correspondent for CBC News, will be joined in person by Morgan Freeman, Academy Award Winning Actor and Paul Saltzman, Director-Producer of Prom Night in Mississippi, to explore this extraordinarily moving and ground breaking film.
This event is not open to the media.