Prom Night in Mississippi

Release Date: 
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
On DVD: 
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Running Time: 
90 minutes

Proms are nights filled with dancing, bad food, limo rides, and yards of tulle.  They’re generally not battles in the war on racism, at least not anymore, unless you live in Charleston, Mississippi. In 1997, Freeman told the school board of his home town that he would pay for the high school prom so long as it was integrated.  The school board turned him down, opting to hold the usual separate proms for white students and black students.  Ten years later, Morgan Freeman made the same offer and was told it would be accepted if the senior class agreed.  Prom Night in Mississippi tells the story of the journey to Charleston’s first integrated prom in spring of 2008, gathering insights on the state of race relations along the way and culminating in footage of that very successful and happy night.  Watching it, I went from disbelief to a mixture of anger, frustration, and sadness and finally to joyous hope.