Attucks: The School That Opened a City


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Attucks: The School That Opened a City

  1. Monday, January 8, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Image from the film Attucks: The School That Opened a City.

Composer Tyron Cooper is scheduled to be present.


In 1927, the Ku Klux Klan had a larger presence in Indiana than any other state. The majority of state government were Klan members or backed by the Klan. Black students in the city of Indianapolis were forced to attend Crispus Attucks High School in an effort to isolate and eventually fail, due to being overcrowded and underfunded. Operating for over 40 years in this way, Attucks was ‘Black Indianapolis’ and the place where every African American in Indianapolis came of age during that time. Tyron Cooper, IU professor and director of IU’s Archives of African American Music and Culture, won an Emmy® for his musical composition contributions to the film, which was a feature selection in the 2016 Heartland Film Festival.(2K DCP Presentation) 

Learn more about the film—a co-production of Ted Green Films and WFYI Public Media—by visiting This screening is sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Multi-Cultural Affairs and IU Cinema.