Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts worked with the Apollo Education program out of Harlem to create a collaborative documentary, using oral history interviews to explore injustice. They interviewed upstanders for justice from their community and produced an advocacy film from them, thus building community through storytelling, rooted in justice.
Today, this documentary's relevance feels urgent, as the Michael Brown case unfolds and protestors continue to face clashing in Ferguson, Mo. When we can witness the stories of upstanders through oral histories, the news lines become realized at the human level. The interviews that students conduct and produce then become a part of living history. Oral histories help youth become history makers; they become participants in the changing narrative. Congratulations to Wadleigh students and partners who created this foundational project.