School for Children

On Race & Football: Documentary Filmmaker & Former NFL Player Visit SFC 8th Graders

Posted by Katie Peshut on April 23, 2013

On April 19, School for Children 13/14s (8th grade) students were treated to a very special educational experience when documentary filmmaker Theresa Moore and former NFL player Walter Beach III visited their classroom.

Moore showed the students a portion of her documentary film Third and Long: The History of African Americans in Pro Football 1946-1989 (2011). After the screening, Moore and Beach, who appears in the film, engaged in an open and frank dialogue with the children.

Moore told the students that through her film, she is trying to convey the message that "racial stereotypes put expectations on people and do not allow the version of who they are."

Beach talked to the students about his experience of being the first black defensive back to play for the Cleveland Browns in 1962. He told them to "make a conscious commitment to compassion and courage" and to "decide who you want to be and feel good about who you are." When one of the students asked him which of all of his accomplishments (NFL championship, induction into the Hall of Fame, CEO of the Amer-I-Can Foundation, a life skills management program) has been the most rewarding, he replied, "Just being a decent human being. What I did is not who I am." 

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