Race and Equity in Education Movie Screening and Discussion: For Ahkeem
Come and join in the conversation and commitment to support the young people in New Orleans.
Monday, December 17, 2018
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
4035 Washington Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125
After a school fight lands 17-year old Daje Shelton in a court-supervised alternative high school, she’s determined to turn things around and make a better future for herself in her rough St. Louis neighborhood. But focusing on school is tough as she loses multiple friends to gun violence, falls in love for the first time, and becomes pregnant with a boy, Ahkeem, just as Ferguson erupts a few miles down the road. Through Daje’s intimate coming-of-age story, For Ahkeem illuminates challenges that many Black teenagers face in America today, and witnesses the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive.
You can find For Ahkeem on Top 10 Lists in Entertainment Weekly (“Must List”) and People Magazine (“People Pick”). As a part of Propeller’s Race and Equity in Education series, and with the support of FilmSprout, this screening of For Ahkeem is sure to provoke thoughtful discussion about the challenges teenagers in America face and how Daje’s experiences mirror the experiences of so many students in our city.