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White Fund Enlightenment Series

Looking to enrich your life? Join us for a series of free cultural conversations.

The White Fund’s purpose is to have a free series of interactive presentations for Lawrence area adults, youth, and children. The audience is encouraged to seek wisdom, cultural enrichment, and intellectual enhancement by attending and participating.

Spring 2014 Events

  • May 5, 2014The Prep School Negro—Screening and Q & A with Director and Producer André Robert Lee

The Prep School Negro Screening and Q&A with Director and Producer Robert Lee

Date Time Location
Monday, May 5, 2014 8:45 a.m. Lawrence High School
70-72 North Parish Road, Lawrence, MA

Join us for the screening of The Prep School Negro and a Q&A with Director and Producer André Robert Lee as he presents the documentary that profiles his story and the stories of current-day minority students at elite prep schools. The film explores the internal struggles André felt as an adolescent provided with an opportunity to leave his lower-income community to explore a world of privilege.

A graduate of Connecticut College, André Robert Lee grew up in the ghettos of Philadelphia. At the age of 14, he received a full academic scholarship to Germantown Friends School, a prestigious prep school in Philadelphia. André’s professional experience includes a variety of jobs in the entertainment business, including his start as Director Spike Lee’s personal assistant during the filming of Best Man. From there he took on marketing roles at Miramax Films, Urbanworld Films, and Film Movement, and has also worked with Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca All Access Connect Program. André serves on a variety of boards including Ready, Willing and Able: The Doe Fund, Inc., and has also served on the jury for the Oscar© Student Competition and numerous film festivals.
For more information, or to request communication access, please call 978-738-7403.
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The views expressed in the White Fund Enlightenment Series presentations are the views of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Northern Essex Community College.

Additional Information

For additional information or to be added to the electronic mailing list, please contact Martha Leavitt, director, Lawrence Campus operations, at mleavitt@necc.mass.edu or 978-738-7403.

Sign language interpreters may be requested by calling 978-556-3897 V or by emailing interpret@necc.mass.edu.

About the White Fund Enlightenment Series

In the 1850’s Daniel Appleton White served as an Essex County Probate judge and a Massachusetts Congressman. His birthplace was a Methuen farm that would eventually become a part of downtown Lawrence and the campus of Northern Essex Community College. At his direction, money from the sale of a portion of that land would endow a “course of lectures delivered annually designed to enlighten the mind and elevate the character.” His chief concern was “for the advancement and success in life” of the young men and women at work in the textile mills.

The first White Fund lecture was delivered in 1864. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Booker T. Washington were among the mid-century luminaries who graced the White Lecture podium at City Hall on Common Street. Charter trustees Charles S. Storrow, Henry K. Oliver, and Nathanial G. White, for whom the Lawrence Public Library was dedicated, enlisted speakers “tending to the moral and intellectual uplift of the inhabitants of Lawrence.” Today the White Fund Trustees continue this tradition through support of the White Fund Enlightenment Series offered in cooperation with Northern Essex. By Judge White’s design, these presentations are free to the public.

For more information on any of the events or for directions to the events at Northern Essex’s Louise Haffner Fournier Education Center, please call 978-738-7403.

The views expressed in the White Fund Enlightenment Series presentations are the views of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Northern Essex Community College.