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A Tale of Two Schools Bearden Elementary Walton Elementary
The Documentary The Challenge Get Involved
The Documentary
Narrator Morgan Freeman
Producer Q and A
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Morgan Freeman - BioBioInterview

Morgan Freeman became known nationally when he created the popular character Easy Reader on the highly praised children's show "The Electric Company." He then won the Drama Desk Award and the Clarence Derwent Award and received a Tony Award nomination for his outstanding performance in "The Mighty Gents" in 1978. He received more acclaim and an Obie Award for his appearance as the Shakespearean anti-hero Coriolanus at the New York Shakespeare Festival.

In 1984, Mr. Freeman won an additional Obie for his role as the Messenger in the acclaimed Brooklyn Academy of Music production of Lee Breuer's "Gospel at Colonus." In 1985, he was awarded the Dramalogue Award for the same role. Then the role of Hoke Coleburn in Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Driving Miss Daisy," won him his third Obie Award. His last stage appearance was as Petruchio in "The Taming of the Shrew" at the New York Shakespeare Festival's Delacorte Theater with Tracey Ullman. Freeman's numerous television credits include "The Atlanta Child Murders" and "The Execution of Raymond Graham." In 1993, Freeman made his film directorial debut with "Bopha!", starring Danny Glover and Alfre Woodard, and soon after formed Revelations Entertainment, a production company developing entertainment product in all existing and emerging media that "enlightens, inspires and glorifies the human experience."

Other film acting credits include "Brubaker"; "Eyewitness"; "Harry & Sons"; "Teachers"; "Marie"; "That Was Then, This Is Now"; "Street Smart" (for which he won the L.A., N.Y., and National Society of Film Critics Awards for best supporting actor of 1987 and was nominated for a Golden Globe award and an Academy Award); "Clean & Sober"; "Johnny Handsome"; "Glory"; "Driving Miss Daisy" (for which he won his second Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe award and the Silver Bear for best actor at the Berlin Film Festival); as well as "Chain Reaction"; "Kiss the Girls"; the Steven Spielberg production "Amistad"; "Hard Rain"; "Deep Impact"; "Nurse Betty"; "Along Came a Spider"; "Kiss the Girls"; "High Crimes"; "The Sum of All Fears"; and Warner Brothers' "Dreamcatcher." Freeman is scheduled to be seen in the upcoming Warner Brothers' production, "The Big Bounce," in September of 2003, and a new Luc Besson film with Jet Li in 2004. He is currently shooting "An Unfinished Life" with Jennifer Lopez and producer/actor Robert Redford.

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Photo Credit for Bearden Elementary: Maude Schuyler Clay
Photo Credit for Walton Elementary: Chris Hamilton

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