Boys of Baraka

This film follows four severely disadvantaged seventh grade African American boys in Baltimore who were selected to attend an experimental boarding school in Kenya. It is a gripping film. (thanks for the rec. Jesse)

The premise of the school (and the movie, ultimately) was that these boys
needed to be completely removed from their destructive environment in order to grow into healthy successful adults. But that opportunity is possible for very very few and is precarious at best.

Anyone got any bright ideas about how to make urban libraries vital engines in the fight against generational poverty? Hmmm?

This movie wasn’t about libraries but there are branches in the neighborhoods where those boys live. Here is the mission statement of the Baltimore City system, the Enoch Pratt Free Library:

To provide equal access to information and services that support, empower, and enrich all who pursue knowledge, education, cultural enrichment, and lifelong learning.

Support, empower and enrich. Is it possible to change the city and culture from within? We need to start taking our resources seriously and put them to work. Our culture has treated many of our citizens and our institutions as worthless. This must stop.

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Author: Emily

Writer/ Librarian

1 thought on “Boys of Baraka”

  1. This film was at the Roxbury Film Festival, though I didn’t get to see it when it played there. I will have to check it out now.

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