The first public high school for African Americans, the Paul W. Lawrence High School in Washington, D.C. was known for the sterling education given to its students and for the successes they achieved in later life. Among its famous students are General Benjamin Davis, Sr., Nannie Helen Burroughs, Dr. Charles Drew, Charles Hamilton Houston, Senator Edward Brooke and Elizabeth Catlett. Notable principals and teachers include Mary Jane Patterson, Richard T. Greener, Anna Julia Cooper, Christian Fleetwood, Edward C. Williams, Jesse Redmon Fauset, Carter G. Woodson and Mary Gibson Hundley.
Interviewees for the film include Dunbar alumni. This is the first film produced by Chowan Discovery and was funded in part by the Humanities Council of Washington, D. C. and Chowan Discovery supporters. The showing is hosted by the District of Columbia Public Library.