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Step By Step: The Harlem Prep Story -- Film and Panel Discussion at MAM

Students in front of Harlem Prep circa 1970



A conversation with former students and faculty fifty years later

February 9, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

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MONTCLAIR, NJ – February 9, 2017 –The African American Cultural Committee of the Montclair Art Museum will hold a film screening and panel discussion of “Step By Step: The Story of Harlem Prep.”

During the event, former students and faculty will share recollections about Harlem Prep, founded in 1967 as part of the alternative school movement of the era.  Harlem Prep provided high school “dropouts” a second chance at completing their education to pursue a college education.  It graduated 800 students during its seven year run.

“We are pleased to be able to bring our fifty-year-old story to Montclair, and enjoy a discussion which is still relevant today – making education compelling so that learners are internally motivated to learn,” said Casey Carpenter, the founders’ daughter, and a Montclair resident.  “There was something so compelling about the school that students from all over New York City and even New Jersey, wanted to re-enter education…and in some cases, even leave their current high school to attend Harlem Prep.” 

The event will take place on Thursday, February 9, 7-8:30 p.m.

Leir Hall

Montclair Art Museum

3 South Mountain Avenue

Montclair, NJ  07042

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