Many years after the experiment Jane Elliott held a class reunion, and many of the participants reported that their experience had had a profound effect on their attitudes.
A more recent documentary about her work is (1995). "Blue Eyed is by far the most comprehensive and useful video on my work available; it sums up 28 years of experience in schools, universities and corporations." (Jane Elliott). In 2001 another documentary, entitled , was released.
(2004) is a documentary on the racial attitudes of Canadians towards Native Canadians. It is the first time that Jane Elliot has brought the exercise to Canada. It was filmed in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Jane Elliott is an outspoken anti-racism activist, feminist and LGBT activist, but if you ask her, she simply says, "I prefer to be called an educator."
Jane Elliott is famous for creating the "blue-eye/brown-eye" exercise, which she developed the day after Martin Luther King's assassination. That day back in 1968, she was going to teach her third-grade class about Native Americans and the Sioux prayer that goes "Oh Great Spirit, keep me from ever judging a man until I have walked a mile in his moccasins." However, after she learned about King's assassination she defied convention.
She divided her class according to each child's eye color. The children with blue eyes would be superior to the children with brown eyes. All class privileges would be taken away from the children with brown eyes and given to the children with blue eyes. She would encourage the blue-eyed children to play only with other children with blue eyes while the children with brown eyes were denied the privilege of using the playground. The following day she reversed the roles.
The result of the exercise was a group of children with a new view of diversity and acceptance. Jane also experienced a life-changing moment that would lead her to a new life of teaching others about the meaning of acceptance and a new identification as the "foremother" diversity training.
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series