American History X is one of those films that people watch and learn a lesson from. Avery Brooks starred as principal of a high school where racism is rampant in this 1998 film. Throughout this film we are able to watch his relationship with a white supremacist as he helps him change his ways.
Derek Vineyard has been released from prison after serving time for killing a man. The former white supremacist had become known in the area for his leadership under Cameron Alexander. Using Derek he was able to build an empire of white supremacists allowing them to do his dirty work for him. However, Derek has learned his younger brother Danny has fallen into the trap that sucked Derek in. With former English teacher, now principal, Bob Sweeney at his side we watch as Derek works to improve Danny’s life. Through a series of flashbacks we learn that while Derek was in prison he befriended Lamont, an African American, and Sweeney had provided him books and information to help him pass the time after he became disillusioned with the Aryan Brotherhood. Sadly, after Danny starts to improve his ways, he is shot and killed by another student who he harassed the day before. With the help of Bob Sweeney, Derek is able to set out on a path to prevent anyone else from falling in the trap he was in years ago.
Avery Brooks brought to life Bob Sweeney in the 1998 film American History X. In this film he was able to show how talented of an actor he was as he was able to bond with Derek who was heartbroken and angry after the death of his father. Today, October 2, Avery Brooks celebrates his birthday.