It was the crime that made it all possible; in 1904 a Negro boy shot and killed a high school White boy, instantly creating a racial barrier in the Kansas City, Kansas High Schools. Forced to study in a different facility as the whites, the African Americans created a “league of their own”. These compelling recollections of True Stories and events, demonstrates the power of how a single act of negligence can have over a community and a State.
How do we keep the legacy of Sumner High School (1905-1978) alive?? How do we reach the new generation effectively? The answer is simple, speak to them through their medium, and create a documentary on DVD, a medium that will reach our video surfing, “YouTube Generation”. Dignified Digital produced a documentary covering the legacy and importance of Sumner High School including the adversity that led to its existence, the effect its had on not only the graduates of Sumner High, but the community, the faculty who help to mold the students, and Kansas as a State.
This Documentary captures the story of the famous All-Black High School which was located in Kansas City, Kansas from 1905-1978. The film highlights the rich history which includes the academic successes of its students; stories of beloved teachers, successful students, the superior athletics, outstanding musicians and more. It is the first documentary which chronicles the shooting which prompted the segregation and opening of the Sumner High School until the closing of its doors due to integration in 1978.
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I’m a 1978 graduate of Sumner High School. My mother (Margaret J. Dixon), father (Curtis H. Liggins), and aunts and uncles also went there. My first granddaughter (Zeyairia Williams) is now a student at the academy. A long proud history in my heritage. Please keep me informed. (5/28/2014)
I’m a 1982 graduate of Sumner Academy. My mom…Lorraine Page-Turner was Sumner High School Class of 1958 graduate. I’m excited about your project. PLEASE keep me informed. (5/28/2014)
So very proud of you! (2/17/2014)
Congratulations on your production of the Sumner High School story. I really enjoyed seeing it and cannot wait to see it in its entirety. You’ve created a “dignified” presentation!(5/30/2014)