Souls of Our Students is a 26-minute documentary that features high school students from across CMS (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools) sharing their heartfelt reflections on the realities of life in Charlotte and how it feels to be “different” in a community that is becoming increasingly diverse.
Impacting not only the Charlotte region but congregations, schools, and businesses across the country, Souls of Our Students is incorporated in the curriculum of numerous public high schools and independent schools, featured in museum exhibits, and in the corporate diversity training for many companies.
Three accompanying guides are available for purchase with the DVD: educational guides for congregations and businesses and an independent school curriculum. The educational guides parallel the issues addressed in the video surrounding race, religious, socioeconomic status, privilege, sexual orientation, discrimination, harassment, speaking out and creating change. The independent school curriculum includes questions for discussion, interactive exercises and additional resources.
View a portion of the documentary and comments from former CMS Superintendent of Education Dr. Peter Gorman.
A collaborative project of Mecklenburg Ministries, Charlotte Coalition for Social Justice, Temple Beth El and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Souls of Our Students was made possible through the generous support of Foundation For The Carolinas and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. We thank Professional Communications for their incredible work in producing the documentary, winner of a 2008 National Telly Award, which honors the most outstanding video projects created by film and TV professionals.