A "golden ticket," or a passport to shame?
In The Prep School Negro, premiering tonight on WHYY's Y-Info digital channel as part of the America ReFramed series, filmmaker André Robert Lee takes a look back at his experience as a boy from "the ghetto" who won a scholarship to Germantown Friends School. Established in 1845, and considered among the most prestigious prep schools in the country, GFS was "a quick bus ride away" from Lee's West Oak Lane rowhouse, a home he shared with his mother and sister.
A quick bus ride, and a world apart.
The Prep School Negro is at its best as Lee, who went to the high school at age 14 and graduated in 1989, discusses the culture shock he felt, and the awkwardness, returning to his neighborhood each day. Lee says he would actually change clothes on the way home.