Often heralded for its elite, championship-winning
basketball teams, the history of Crispus Attucks High School is much richer
than many realize.
The very foundation of the school was built on racism and
segregation, with the expectation of failure. But the all-black students and
staff, who were given limited and outdated resources, at Attucks managed —
often through sheer determination and perseverance — to produce some of the
nation’s most prestigious professors, scientists, surgeons, musicians and
It’s this story that will be revealed when “Attucks: The
School that Opened a City” premieres at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016,
at the historic Madame Walker Theatre. Presented by Heartland Film, a second
screening will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at the Walker.
The feature-length documentary by filmmaker Ted Green, in
partnership with WFYI, takes a look at the school’s segregated beginning and
how it “ultimately changed the face of a city.”
“This is really about the power of teaching — a testament to
the first teachers and principals of the school,” said Green.
On Aug. 12, look for a special edition of the Achiever as we
focus on the Attucks documentary and explore some of the stories and people
connected to this historic school.