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The DVD What Makes Me White? is a planned three-part series and independent documentary special, both of which will be offered to PBS. Director A.M. Sands developed the idea for the film while working on PBS’ Africans in America, the Peabody Award-winning documentary series on the history of slavery in the United States.

A multi-racial Advisory Board guides the film’s planning and production. Members include:

Barbara Abrash
Independent Media Consultant

Peggy McIntosh,
Author, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack and other essays
Founder & Senior Associate of the National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum,

Joy Thomas Moore
President & CEO, JWS Media Consulting
Past Manager of Media Portfolio, the Annie E. Casey Foundation

John A. Powell
Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
UC Berkeley

David Roediger
Author, The Wages of Whiteness, and other books
Foundation Professor of American Studies
University of Kansas

Llewellyn Smith
Producer/Director, Africans in America: America’s Journey Through Slavery, and other PBS films

Beverly Daniel Tatum
President, Spelman College
Author of “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” and Other Conversations About Race

Major funders to date are the W.K. Kellog Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Foley Hoag Foundation, The Episcopal Church Social Justice Ministries, and the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. Over 150 private donors have also supported the film’s production.

All contributions to the continuing production of What Makes Me White? are tax deductible through our fiscal sponsor, The Center for Independent Documentary. Please contact us for more information and a full proposal, if you are interested in supporting the film.