High school students sit at a long table on the auditorium stage

AAMI screens documentary on Booker T. Washington High School’s history

It’s not hard to find signs of Booker T. Washington High School’s past as you walk through its campus.

Benches donated by the Class of 1967, an engraved plaque from the Class of 1930 and a statue of the school’s namesake are all visible from its front doors on Whitehouse Drive.

Students in Booker T. Washington’s African-American Male Initiative (AAMI) took time to consider their school’s history and legacy in a documentary they’ve created over the last few months, which they screened to students, teachers and guests on Jan. 27.

In the documentary, AAMI students highlighted Booker T. Washington’s life and work, the school’s founding in 1924, some of its famous alumni and its impact on the local community and the students who walk its halls today.

“I couldn’t imagine going to any other high school,” one student says at the end of the film.

Booker T. Washington’s AAMI chapter received a State Farm Youth Advisory Board Service-Learning Grant to help cover the costs of creating this documentary – the first of three they plan to make – and spoke about their experiences creating the film in a panel discussion following the screening.

“In AAMI, we go on college tours and we always hear about Booker T. Washington and how much of an impact he had not only in Georgia, but across the country,” said Rufus Hunter, AAMI’s vice president. “I wanted to share the knowledge I gained about Booker T. Washington with my fellow students.”

The documentary will be posted online and shared with the entire school in the coming days. In the meantime, the AAMI students will start work on the next installment in the series.

“It was definitely a labor of love,” said Tene Davis, director of the African-American Male Initiative at Georgia State, about the students’ work on the project. “These young men showed ingenuity, a stick-to-it attitude and a sense of pride in their work.”

The African-American Male Initiative, housed in the College of Education and Human Development’s Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence, offers mentoring, tutoring and college readiness activities to African-American males at the high school in hopes of increasing the number of students who graduate from high school and attend college.  For more information, click here.