Attucks: The School that Opened a City Documentary to Premiere at the Madame Walker Theatre on August 18, 2016


August 18, 2016 – Presented by Heartland Film and WFYI Public Media

Join Heartland Film, WFYI Public Media and Ted Green Films for the premiere screening of the documentary Attucks: The School that Opened a City at the Madame Walker Theatre on August 18. The film will be followed by a brief Q&A with Producer Ted Green. A red carpet reception with film talent will begin prior to the screening at 5:30 p.m.

Attucks: The School that Opened a City tells the powerful story of Crispus Attucks High School, and the remarkable achievements of its African-American graduates, despite a system that had set it up to fail.

When all-black Crispus Attucks High School was built in the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan ran Indiana and its capital. The governor, the majority of the state legislature, the mayor and the entire School Board were Klansmen or Klan-backed. The school was designed to fail. But it did not fail. For more than 40 years, the students who came of age within the brick walls of Attucks overcame a system designed to belittle them. They became surgeons and teachers, scientists and politicians, world-class musicians and athletes. And over time, these successes and the grace that accompanied them became a grassroots agent for integration, winning over the younger generation of Indy’s white population.

It is not an easy story, but it’s a seminal element of Indiana’s journey. As part of the state’s Bicentennial commemoration, WFYI Public Media and Ted Green Films are teaming up to illuminate the story of Crispus Attucks and its students, including Oscar Robertson, Maj. Gen. Harry Brooks, Brig. Gen. Norris Overton, Betty Crowe, Angela Brown, David Baker, Janet Langhart-Cohen and many other Attucks graduates, as well as Gen. Colin Powell and historians James Madison and Richard Pierce.

The documentary is made possible through the generous support of the Efroymson Family Fund, Lilly Endowment Inc. , CNO Financial Group, The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, The Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis and many generous individuals and organizations.


Purchase Tickets

$15 online / box office

Screening Venue

  • The Madame Walker Theatre
    617 Indiana Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202


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