About The Documentary

The primary purpose of the documentary project, An American Story: Race Amity and The Other Tradition, is to impact the public discourse on race. To move the discourse from the “blame/grievance/rejection” cycle to a view from a different lens, the lens of “amity/collaboration/access and equity.”

In contrast to the lens that focuses exclusively on the racist traditions that are rooted in America’s social history, the moral counterweight of close, loving, friendship and collaboration, which have always been present in our history, represents “the other tradition.” This “other tradition” is a source of inspiration and presents models of behavior that are instructional and include unknown and uncelebrated legacies to be absorbed and emulated across generations of present day Americans.

The documentary discusses the “better in us” a needed collective perspective in the current climate of national disunity across racial, religious, and political lines. This has significant implications for addressing public issues from immigration to health care and the myriad of governmental, educational, business, and religious challenges that we must successfully meet to weave the fabric of unity which is indispensable to survival as a nation.


William H. “Smitty”, Smith, Ed. D.

Founding Executive Director, National Center for Race Amity

Documentary Co-Executive Producer/Senior Writer 

Craig Rothman

Documentary Co-Executive Producer/Senior Producer 

Richard W. Thomas, Ph. D.

The Other Tradition Thesis Originator/ Senior Project Historian

Kari Carlson, Writer/Producer

Comments on The Race Amity Initiative and the documentary,
An American Story: Race Amity and The Other Tradition.

This grand Race Amity Project is a timely work that speaks to our hearts and souls! I am blessed to fully support it! Cornel West

Professor, Harvard Divinity School

Two Men Meet is more than a segment of a documentary concept. It is a truth, proof that the antidote to racial enmity and polarization is human interaction and shared experience. The example of the redoubtable orators Daniel O’Connell, the great emancipator of Ireland’s Catholics, and Frederick Douglass, the American slave who emancipated himself, becoming friends and comrades in the campaign to abolish slavery demonstrates a reformative power that cuts across nations, races and generations. Kevin Cullen

Pulitzer Prize Journalist, The Boston Globe

National Sponsors

Local Regional Sponsors

Individual Underwriters

Anthony Kreisel & Dr. Kimberly Faris

Richard & Lucia Lovinson-Golob

Christine Reynolds Foundation