Negro students are given health instruction at the Calhoun Colored School in Lowndes County, Alabama, in the United States. A nurse shows the student malaria breeding areas. Young negro students doing physical training exercises. Scenes from the boarding dormitory: A girl combing hair of another girl. A group of female students play a game of checkers. A female student reads a book while other reads newspaper. A girl sits and writes something. Three students sit near an open box. Young couples dancing at a school dance. On the bandstand are the words, "Shannons Pioneer Club Orchestra".
A muddy road in Lowndes County, Alabama. Two negro men on a tractor doing road grading, part of a program with Calhoun Colored School Students working to improve communications between farmers and routes of transit to market their goods. Two men outside a farm house. A man plows field using plow driven by horse. A man plows a field using plows driven by two horses. "Captain" Roper, an early graduate of the Calhoun School, stands along with a farmer and advises on improved farm methods. A field getting plowed.
A group of negro children coming out of the Calhoun Colored School in Lowndes County, Alabama . Students make a small model of a hut with wood and a paper. Students learn craft work. A teacher calls the students. Girls learning to make their own dresses for their graduation ceremony. A girl displays the hand crafted dress. Townspeople dressed in their best walk along the road approaching the school to attend the graduation exercises. A band marching off to start the commencement ceremony. A huge gathering of people present. Young men and women graduates of the Calhoun School take the stage in pairs for the graduation ceremony. Several educators address the audience, including Calhoun School Principal, Dr. Jerome F Kidder.
Mary McLeod Bethune, Director of Negro Affairs Division of Youth Administration, seen talking with attendees following the graduation ceremoney at the Calhoun school for negro students in Lowndes County, Alabama. Children cooking something in a container. Children playing on the ground. A negro child. A woman holds a child. Another woman holds a child. A child sleeping in a woman's lap.
Negro students study at the Calhoun School in Lowndes Country, Alabama. Hats of students hang from hooks on a school room wall. A wood burning stove in the school house. Negro students study in the class room. A negro student talks to the teacher. A student reads a book. A negro teacher explains the map of the South America on a black board. A teacher teaches geometry on the blackboard. Students sit in the library. Students read different books. A teacher picks a book from the book shelf.
From a film titled "The Calhoun School - The Way to a Better Future". Scenes of poverty and lack of education for Negro farm residents of the "Big Swamp Section" of Lowndes County, followed by introduction to the Calhoun School which aims to improve circumstances for negro children in the area. Open dry farmland. A simple shack. A negro child sleeps on a wooden bench. Some negro children prepare some food in a container. Some negro women stand near a hut. A negro child sits beside a hut. A negro woman works near a container. A negro man plows the field using ox-driven plow. A negro woman works in the farm. A hut in background. A negro man and children walking. View of a simple one room school house. Some negro children play beside a tree. Young negro children sit with teachers and watch the older children beside the rural school. They all reenter the school house together. Picture of Miss Charlotte Thorn who founded the Calhoun School. View of the school grounds and buildings and students moving about. View of the school principal, Dr. Jerome F Kidder, seated in his office. Negro girls wearing white uniform gather for a morning flag raising ceremony. Negro girls and boys march and then gather for the flag ceremony.