CRNN: Civil Rights News Now

In the Spring of 2004, the Urban Dreams Video Project sent filmmakers into Oakland Public High School classrooms at Oakland Tech to mentor teachers and students during the production of videos about human or civil rights and/or social justice. The results of their hard work are socially conscious video projects that focus on issues important to Oakland youth. In addition to being streamed on the web, these award-winning videos have screened at festivals, been broadcast on KDOL TV and disseminated on CD-ROM. The project was funded by a US Department of Education Technology Innovation Challenge Grant.

For this film, I accompanied students from a U.S. History class on a trip to Washington, D.C. to learn more about how the United States government works, tour Capitol Hill, attend judiciary seminars and meet with government officials. We also visited Colonial Williamsburg, the birthplace of the American Revolution. The students documented contemporary and colonial government “in action,” and used the resulting "news" segments to compare and contrast civil rights of the past with the present.

2 Minute Clip from CRNN: Civil Rights News Now (2004)

Filmmaker/Mentor: Christopher Boulton
Classroom Teacher: Maryann Wolfe, Social Studies
Student Filmmakers: Edward Swanson, Charles Zhou, Austin Zumbro,
Dominic DiGiovanni, Nathan Monroe-Yavneh, Alex Park, Kerala Hise, Ricky Bennet, Bau Chau Nguyen