40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk?


40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk? tells the story of the first African Americans to integrate the white high school in Batesville, Mississippi in 1967–69. A provocative and moving conversation emerges from separate discussions with African American alumni, white alumni, and a third dialogue that brings the two groups face-to-face.  Michelle Fine of the Graduate Center, CUNY, describes the film “as a window on American educational history, from racialized bodies to the national body politic. 40 Years Later demands, indeed, that now we must talk.” 40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk? is the first film to receive the Museum of Education’s Charles and Margaret Witten Award for Distinguished Documentary Film in Education.

After the 45 minute screening, the film’s producer, Lee Anne Bell, and director, Markie Hancock, will discuss  the making of the documentary. Lee Anne Bell is professor of education and the Barbara Silver Horowitz Director of Education at Barnard College and Director of Barnard’s Storytelling Project: Teaching about Race and Racism through Storytelling and the Arts. Markie Hancock is a New York City-based filmmaker with documentaries including Off-Track: Classroom Privilege for AllEchoes of Brown v. Board, and Exclusions & Awakenings: The Life of Maxine Greene.

The Museum of Education will host a reception in their gallery immediately following the film. This event will coincide with the Museum of Education’s exhibition, “1963-2013: Desegregation—Integration.

Directed by Markie Hankock of NYC

45 min