9. American Suburb: We Too Sing Antioch

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 (Christopher Pearsall/Sincere Photography)

A school counselor and local pastor arranges a middle school graduation celebration for African American students, but protests against the ceremony lead to racist graffiti on the pastor's church door.

Nowhere are the changing demographics of suburbs like Antioch clearer than in the city's classrooms. But while the population of students is shifting, many of the educators still remain the same, and black students are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school. How do young people learn to claim Antioch? And how does the city embrace the new class in town?