The AJC invited seven black college students to discuss the Netflix series "Dear White People." Front row: Antonio D. Curren Jr. (Clark Atlanta); Chelsea Jackson (Emory) and Jared Sawyer Jr. (Morehouse). Back row: Lauren Booker (GSU); DJ Lewis (Ga. Tech); Mary Pat Hector (Spelman) and Meagan Mwanda (UGA). (BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM)
Photo: Bob Andres/bandres@ajc.com
Photo: Bob Andres/bandres@ajc.com

Atlanta black students respond to ‘Dear White People’

Atlanta is home of some of the finest colleges in the country. 

But how does what happens on these campuses relate to what happens on television or the movies? 

On the heels of the release of the Netflix hit, "Dear White People," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution rounded up six African American students from HBCU and predominantly white colleges to chat about the series and their experiences on campus. 

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The original "Dear White People," caused a bit of stir when it was released in theaters in 2014. The critically-acclaimed film, for the first time, showed the nuances of how "woke" black students navigate life at an elite exclusive Ivy League-type institution. 

"School Daze," it was not, but like the Spike Lee joint, it encouraged dialogue about the current state of race in America. 

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In April, the flick's creator Justin Simien advanced the conversation when he penned the 10-episode Netflix series of the same name, taking a deeper look at how millennials are transforming the civil rights movement into their own image. 

Today, the AJC launches a 4-part video series featuring students from Clark Atlanta, Emory, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Morehouse and Spelman getting candid about they are navigating their own voyage through college.

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