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Against All Odds- The Fight for a Black Middle Class with Bob Herbert
Directed by
Bob Herbert

USA / 2016 / 76
East Coast Premiere

Screening Times and Venues:

Q&A Attendees
*subject to change:
Bob Herbert, Sally Roy
A disappearing middle class is one of the hot button political issues of the day, but middle class black Americans are the hardest hit. Celebrated veteran journalist Bob Herbert takes us on an illuminating journey through American history, relating the past to the present through rare archival footage and in-depth interviews with some of the most influential thinkers of our time, effectively making the point that the American Dream, through its very design, is systematically and deliberately kept out of reach of black families. Precise, affecting and eye opening, "Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class with Bob Herbert" drives the point home that we still have a long way to go before true economic equality is realized, while shedding light on our socioeconomic system that is disproportionately working against black Americans. However, as Bob Herbert says, "There are no barriers that can't be overcome. When dreams remain unrealized, it simply means the fight goes on." — Evan Thomas
Bob Herbert is the director and executive editor of Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class.

He's the author of Losing Our Way: An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America, published by Doubleday, the moderator of Bob Herbert's OP-ED.TV, a weekly interview program on CUNY-TV. For nearly 20 years Bob was an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, writing about politics, urban affairs and social trends. Previously, he worked at The Daily News as general assignment reporter, national correspondent, consumer affairs editor, city hall bureau chief and city editor, and he became a columnist and a member of the Editorial Board. In addition to newspaper work, Bob was a national correspondent for NBC News. He has won numerous awards including the American Society of Newspaper Editors award for distinguished newspaper writing and the Ridenhour Courage Prize for the "fearless articulation of unpopular truths."

Cast/Featuring: Elijah Cummings, Alvin Poussaint, Isabel Wilkerson, Angela Glover Blackwell, Marc Morial
Executive Producer(s): Sally Roy, Judy Doctoroff O'Neill
Producer(s): Tom Casciato, Sam Aleshinloye, Reniqua Allen
Director(s): Bob Herbert
Screenwriter(s): Bob Herbert
Cinematographer(s): Jeff Hutchens
Editor(s): Sikay Tang, Emir Lewis
Production Designer(s): Dale Robbins
Composer(s)/Music: Victor Goines
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