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Students view documentary

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – “The Boys of Baraka” was shown in the Bennett Auditorium on November 11, and many Cumberlands’ students took part in the viewing and discussion of this eye-opening documentary.

“I was amazed to see the student’s transformation by the end of the film. It was truly incredible,” said Emily Henson, a Cumberlands freshman.

“The Boys of Baraka” tells the story of “at-risk” black students in the Baltimore public school system who are selected to attend a boarding school in Africa. Seventy-six percent of black male students in the system’s schools do not graduate from high school.

Devon Brown, Darius Chambers, Richard Keyser, Justin Mackall, Montrey Moore and Romesh Vance travel more than 10,000 miles to the Baraka School in rural Kenya. The school, which was founded in 1996, is located on a 150-acre ranch and has no television or full-time electricity. The students work hard to reach their academic goals and the film allows viewers to follow the students’ journey while the adolescents learn and experience a new culture.

“It [the film] made me wonder what our nation’s schools would be like if students had as much individual instruction as they need and deserve,” said Henson.