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Love Them First: Lessons from Lucy Laney Elementary


An amazing must watch documentary.

With unprecedented access over the course of a year this feature-length documentary, Love Them First — Lessons from Lucy Laney Elementary, follows the determination of a charismatic north Minneapolis elementary school principal, Mauri Melander Friestleben, as she sets out to undo history. Not only does the state have the largest achievement gap between black and white children in the United States, Friestleben faced another seemingly impossible obstacle, with Lucy Laney at the bottom of the state's list of underperforming schools for two decades. It's a story of inspiration, heartbreak, perseverance and the power of love.

For more information on the film, the filmmakers and for discussion guide to help facilitate a screening in your own community, visit

For a 30-minute post-film KARE 11 special with interview updates from Mauri, Lisa and filmmakers Ben and Lindsey:

Love Them First is now also available on Amazon Prime: A film by Lindsey Seavert and Ben Garvin Copyright KARE 11, TEGNA

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