Starting September 27, 2020
America to Me is 10-part documentary series made by Steve James, of Hoop Dreams fame, that follows multiple students at Oak Park and River Forest High School and explores the way race impacts their daily lives. As we get to know the students, their parents and teachers, we see how race plays a role in the school system overall and ultimately how citizens in the Village interact around issues of equity. Filmed in 2016 and first aired in 2018, the series is very relevant to today’s events when Oak Park churches, including Grace, cannot hang Black Lives Matter signs, without having them stolen or vandalized.
Through these facilitated discussions, Grace members and guests will explore the ways in which race affects the lives of young people in Oak Park, reflect upon how race impacts life at Grace, and think deeply and critically about our individual and collective roles in affecting positive change.
September 27 – Episodes 1 & 2
October 4 – Episodes 3 & 4
October 11 – Episodes 5 & 6
October 18 – Episodes 7 & 8
October 25 – Episodes 9 & 10
November 1 – Summary & Next Steps
Participants will be requested to watch (2) episodes per week of the ten episode series, America to Me, before a Sunday evening (7-8:30pm) group discussion via Zoom (a link will be provided to registered participants).
Registration is required so that we may provide you with details and information. Please register here.
The series is available on multiple platforms, including Starz, Hulu, YouTube, YouTube TV, iTunes, Amazon, Sling TV, and Google Play. If you already have one of these services, check to see if you have access to the series already. If so, you are all set.
If you have one of the services above but would have to pay to access the series or each episode, check the costs and decide if that is your best option.
If you do not have any of those services . . .
If you need financial assistance, we have scholarships available. Simply indicate a need on the registration form.