Susan Hannah Hadary has been honored with an Academy Award®, national Emmy nominations, regional Emmy awards, the Peabody Award and numerous international awards. Her national releases include several series for Discovery, three HBO documentaries, and 10 documentaries released to Public Television Stations.
John Anglim has been honored over the last twenty years with nine Emmy awards and many national awards for his documentaries and news photography. He has worked for multiple news outlets across the country as a photojournalist. He has a Masters Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Minnesota. He has collaborated with Hadary on five documentaries and a mini-series on Discovery Life.
I believe the world doesn’t control what you have to do, you determine what you want to do.”
—Davioin 7th grade
I think I can control my future—because of education. My most important goal is that I want to be a surgeon.”
—Tyler 7th grade
My message for Baltimore is ‘It’s time to put the violence aside and come together and show that we are Baltimore.”
—Shakeer 7th grade
I’m very determined in stuff that I do. And I don’t like to give up at all, because that makes me feel like a loser. And I want to be a winner.”
—Courtney 7th grade
I promise myself– me, Princaya Sanders, I promise myself that education is first. Always going to be first. It shall be first.”
—Princaya Sanders 7th grade
WEST BALTIMORE STATISTICS
The Median Income is $18,000
40% High School Dropout Rate
About Darius D. Banks
At nine years old, when his mother brought home a small electronic keyboard, Darius began playing anything he heard on the radio from Beethoven and Bach to popular music. He’d hear it once, then he’d play it. Excelling in music, math and computers, at 17 years old, Darius dropped out of school , to take care of his first child and never went back. Today, he works with rap artists in Baltimore, developing beats and music. When asked about music, in his quiet unassuming manner, he says “it’s simple, it’s just math and patterns.” When challenged to compose music that communicated “West Baltimore” for the documentary, he produced a score that vividly expresses the tensions and crises that continue to surge through the streets of this community.