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Movie & Discussion: “Class of COVID-19”

5:30 PM 7:30 PM
Johnson County Central Resource Library, Carmack Room, 9875 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, KS 66212

Movie & Discussion: “Class of COVID-19”

5:30 PM 7:30 PM
Johnson County Central Resource Library, Carmack Room, 9875 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, KS 66212

Join American Public Square at Jewell and the Johnson County Library for a screening of the documentary film, Class of COVID-19, which features a select group of students and teachers who show resilience during the first 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From initial lockdown to the first vaccines, Class of COVID-19 unveils untold and thought-provoking stories of courage and hope in the face of the coronavirus. The stories move far beyond school buildings to show the fears, challenges, and triumphs of exemplary educators and students. Faced with struggles around mental health, inequities in school resources, and racial injustice, the characters evolve to become true leaders in their communities and prove that sometimes the most important lessons are learned outside the classroom.

The film runs 75 minutes and will be followed by a 45-minute talkback session moderated by APS Civics Education Initiative Program Manager, Tricia Maxfield, in conversation with Class of COVID-19 Director, Jon Brick, film Producer, Donna M. Davis, PhD, and K-State student, Kolbi Washington, who was featured in the documentary.

Doors open at 5:15pm.  Popcorn and soda will be served.

Featured Guests

Director: Jon Brick

Jon Brick is a pioneer in conceptualizing and producing award-winning films. His specialty is creating cutting edge content for multiple platforms. Jon has a flawless track record working with worldclass creative agencies, television and film production companies and Fortune 500 companies. Over the past several years, he collaborated with Oscar and Emmy winning filmmakers on many independent projects. In 2018, Jon directed, produced and edited the award-winning feature documentary film, Uncommon Allies.

Producer: Donna M. Davis, PhD

Donna M. Davis, PhD, is a Professor of Educational Foundations in the School of Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has over 30 years of experience in the field of education, spending nearly a decade teaching high school English in the Los Angeles Unified School District before earning her doctorate at the University of Kansas. She has been published in numerous scholarly journals in the areas of urban education, multicultural education, philosophy of education, history of education, and social justice.

Student: Kolbi Washington

Kolbi Washington is a junior at Kansas State University studying Athletic Training and Rehabilitation Sciences. She currently works for an after-school program and teaches boxing classes at KO Boxing. Kolbi says she is, “20 years old and still figuring out how to navigate the world without a mask while standing up for Black Lives Matter and making sure the silent voices are heard at K-State.”

Program Partner

Season Program Sponsors

Hall Family Foundation

Health Forward Foundation


Sue Seidler Nerman and Lewis Nerman

Marny and John Sherman

William Jewell College