FAMILIES FIRST:STORIES OF LIVES CHANGEDFirst Draft / August 24

 

MUSIC IN and OPENING CREDITSóWHITE TEXT on BLACK SCREEN.TEXT DISSOLVES OUT.FADE UP on

 

TITLE SEQUENCE:MONTAGE of IMAGES from the STORIES.SEQUENCE ends with TITLE:†† Families First -- Stories of Lives Changed

 

TRANSITION to DIANEíS STORY:

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† DIANE

††††††††††††††††††††††† They let me know I could do anything I put my

mind toÖ

 

IMAGE FREEZES.ADD TEXT to SCREEN:††††††††† DIANE GILMORE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Moving Toward A Dream

 

MUSIC ENDS, as we DISSOLVE to CLOSE on DIANE.

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††††††††††††††††††††††† 19512302†† MY MOM WASNíT REALLY THERE BUT

SHE WAS THERE.MY OLDER SIBLINGS KIND OF

CARED FOR ME. //I HAVE 10 SIBLINGS, SISTERS

AND BROTHERS, AND IíM THE FIFTH.AND SHE JUST

WASNíT THERE.AND YOU NEED THAT SUPPORT.

 

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††††††††††††††††††††††† 19473320// MY FIRST VISION AND ENCOUNTER OF

SEEING SOMETHING TRAGIC WAS SEEING A BABY

FALL FR A SEVENTEENTH FLOOR AND EMBEDDED IN

THE PAVEMENT.THAT RIGHT THERE JUSTÖTO THIS

DAY I STILL SEE THAT VISION.

 

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19505119//ITíS LIKE, IT JUST CHANGED ME.MY

INSIGHT AT LOOKING AT THINGSÖI WAS A KID, JUST

GOING, JUST PLAYING AND TOMBOY ACTUALLY.BUT

WHEN I SEE THAT BABY FALL, THAT CHANGED ME AT

THE AGE OF 10.// I SEE ALL THESE THINGS, AND WE HEAR

ABOUT IT.WE SO USED TO IT WE RUN TO IT, INSTEAD

OF RUNNING AWAY FROM IT.

 

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††††††††††††††††††††††† 19524914I WAS FIFTEEN.MY FIRST CHILD.THAT WAS

HARD.I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL AT THAT TIME.AND I

REALLY THOUGHT MOM WOULD BE THERE.COZ I REALLY

ENJOYED SCHOOL. AND I CAN REMEMBER TELLING HER,

IíM GOING TO BE A TEACHER, IíM GOING TO BE A TEACHER.AND I REALY THOUGHT SHEíD BE THERE FOR ME, TO SUPPORT ME, BUT I HAD TO QUIT SCHOOL COZ I DIDNíT

HAVE NO BABY SITTER.I WAS A MOTHER QUICK, AT THE AGE OF 15.DIDNíT KNOW WHAT TO DO.BUT ME CARING FOR MY YOUNGER SIBLINGS, I DID KNOW WHAT TO DO TO BE A MOTHER.BUT ALL MY TEENAGE YRS WERE GONE.

 

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††††††††††††††††††††††† 19540101 // TRIED TO GET MY GED FOR 13 YRS, ON AND

OFF IN CHICAGO, I DIDNíT GIVE UP.I WAS DETERMINED

TO DO SOMETHING WI/MY LIFE.AND WHAT MOTIVATED

ME WAS ME.I SAID, OK, NEGATIVE OR POSITIVE, I GOT TO

DO THIS.WHEREíS MY SUPPORT?I HAVE NONE.ME.

MY CHILDREN ARE MY SUPPORT.I GOT TO DO THIS.

AND I MOTIVATED MYSELF TO GO TO SCHOOL.AND

DO DIFFERENT THINGS.AND AT LEAST TRY.I DIDNíT

GIVE UP.

 

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19544913//MY OLDEST KIDíS FATHER UH HE WAS

VERY ABUSIVE.I CAN REMEMBER GOING TO CLASS

ONE DAY.NEXT DAY I HAD TO STAY AND FILL OUT SOME

PAPERS AND I WAS LATE.AND HE BEAT ME.AND THAT

WAS JUST ONE OF THE BEATINGS.I WAS PREGNANT AND

HE BEAT ME.I WAS COMING FR MY SISTERíS HOUSE AND

HE BEATED ME.JUST NUMEROUS TIMES.FOR NO REASON.

BECOZ IíM TRYING TO DO SOMETHING WI/MYSELF.BUT I

DIDNíT LET THAT STOP ME.I STILL TRIED.BUT I DEALT

W/THE BEATING FOR 13 YRS.PEOPLE SAY, WHY COULDNíT

YOU RUN?BUT ITíS NOT THAT EASY.

 

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19562223 WELL, I THOUGHT THE TURNING POINT WOULD

BE WHEN MY 11 YR OLD GOT CAUGHT IN A GANG.GANG

GOT A HOLD OF HIM IN CHICAGO.THATíS WHEN I SAID, I CANíT DO THIS.I CANíT.11 YRS. OLD. THIS IS TOO MUCH.

SO I MOVED TO WISCONSIN.AT THAT TIME //I WAS DATING

A GUY IN PRISON.AND HE GOT OUT AND IN THE PROCESS

I BECAME PREGNANT W/ A SPINA BIFIDA BABY.


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19575019JOSHUA SURVIVED TWO MONTHS OF HIS LIFE.

HAD FIVE OPERATIONS.TWO BACK SURGERIES.10 HR

BRAIN SURGERY W/IN TWO MONTHS.AND THE HARDEST

DECISION I HAD TO MAKE IN MY LIFE WAS SAYING, I CANíT

TAKE NO MORE.UNPLUG ALL THESE MACHINES.ENUF WAS

ENUF.

 

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20023428//.WHAT AM I GOING TO DO NOW.PEOPLE SAY,

HOW CAN YOU PREPARE?YOU CANíT PREPARE. JUST

BELIEVE. YOU GOT TO OVERCOME IT.BECOZ YOUíVE GOT

OTHER CHILDREN.YOU STILL GOT TO BELIEVE IN MYSELF.

I HAD TO THINK ABOUT THEM.THEY ARE MY LIFE.

WI/OUT THEM, I AINíT GOING TO SAY IíM NOTHING, BUT

THEYíRE MY STRENGTH.I DONíT WANT THEM TO GROW UP AND BE ON THE SYSTEM.YOU KNOW, SYSTEM IS OK FOR SUPPORT (20032725) BUT DONíT GET COMFORTABLE W/IT.

BE ON IT BY FORCE, NOT CHOICE.THEN MOVE ON.

 

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19575019//AND WHEN I BURIED JOSHUA, I TOOK A MAP,

AND I SAID, I DONíT KNOW WHERE IíM GOING, I DONíTí

KNOW WHAT STATE, I KNOW IíM GOING SOUTH.AND

NASHVILLE IS WHERE MY FINGER LANDED ON THAT MAP.

 

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20000217SOMETIMES IN LIFE WE HAVE TO AS A WOMAN,

SINGLE MOM, ON WELFARE, TRYING TO MAKE IT, ITíS

HARD.IT WASNíT EASY.ITíS STILL HARD.BUT YOU GOT

TO WANT IT.I WANTED IT.AND I FEEL MY LIFE PROSPERING

EACH DAY I WANT IT.

 

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20035411 STAYED IN A SHELTER ON 8TH AVE.STAYED

THERE FOR ABOUT A MONTH AND A HALF.TOOK IT UPON

MYSELF, GOT ON A BUS, FOUND WHERE YOU GOT TO APPLY

FOR THIS, AND ASK QUESTIONS, AND DID IT.APPLIED FOR

PUBLIC HOUSING.JUST DO WHAT I HAD TO DO FOR ME AND

MY FAMILY.


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20041709I THINK I CAME AROUND THE TIME WHEN

FAMILIES FIRST WAS A NEW LAW.I WAS SO EAGER WHEN

I CAME HERE TO GO BACK AND GET MY GED I THINK, WELL,

I WAS REALLY AGGRESSIVE W/THIM, I SAID, IíM READY TO

START TODAY.NO, YOU GOT TO SEE THE CASE MANAGER, THEREíS A PROCESS.AND I SAY, WHY I CANíT START TO

DAY?WHY I GOT TO DO THIS?A LOT OF QUESTIONS AND BEING AGGRESSIVE.AND THE NEXT DAY I CAME, WALKING DOWN THE STREET, ASKING QUESTIONS, MORE PASSIVE AND LISTENING.THEN, I GOT LETTER TELLING ME TO COME HERE, TO FRESH START.

 

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AND FROM THEN ON, I JUST ENJOYED IT.I WAS THERE EVERYDAY, I DIDNíT MISS A DAY.IT WAS REAL ENCOURAGING, AND I NEEDED THAT.AND THEN THE SUPPORT.THATíS THE KEY.YOU GOT TO HAVE THE SUPPORT.

 

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20065422 // EVERYTHING WAS IN PLACE.THERE WAS NO

PROBLEM.EVERYTHING WAS REAL CONVENIENT FOR ME

TO HAVE DAYCARE RIGHT UP THE STREET FR WHERE I

LIVED.SCHOOL, INTERNSHIP AND DAYCARE.ANYTHING

GO WRONG FOR ME, IN TERMS OF A BUS, I DONíT WORRY

ABOUT THAT.I COULD WALK.THEY MADE SURE IíD GET

THERE.

 

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2005172 // I GRADUATED, GOT MY GED W/THE YW, WORKED

AT THE DOLLAR GENERAL INTERN, SOME DAYS I STAYED

AFTER, JUST HAD MORNING CLASS, AND I SAY, YAíLL

FIXIN TO LEAVE?WHERE YAíLL GOING?AND IíM STILL

THERE.VOLUNTEERING. COZ I REFUSED TO GO LOOK AT

FOUR WALLS.I WANTED TO KEEP MYSELF BUSY.DEALING

W/ RECENT DEATH OF MY BABY, I JUST WANTED TO KEEP

MYSELF BUSY.


DIANE at FRESH START W/ BROLL

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† DIANE

20081428 I BECAME A VISTA ADVOCATE FOR UNITED WAY

FOR ALMOST A YEAR, BEFORE THE YW HIRED ME.I WAS A

FAMILY ADVOCATE.STILL DOING MOTIVATING AND

EMPOWERING THE WOMENóSAME KIND OF JOB WHEN THE

YW OFFERED ME THIS ONE.BUT STILL IN MY MIND I WANTED

TO TEACH.I WANTED TO BE A MATH TEACHER.AND I

APPLIED TO TSU.AND IíVE BEEN A STUDENT SINCE 98.

 

DIANE on CAM

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† DIANE

20092910W/OUT THE SUPPORT AND SERVICES, LIKE

THE GED, CHILDCARE, FRESH START, TRAINING,

WHATEVER COMPONENT THEY HAVE, WI/OUT THAT

SUPPORT, ITíS NOTHING.I WOULDNíT HAVE KNOWN

WHERE TO GO AND START.I WOULDíVE FOUND OUT

LATER.BUTDHS IS PROVIDING THIS INFORMATION TO

US.TAKE ADVANTAGE.I TOOK ADVANTAGE. WHAT

ELSE ARE YOU OFFERING?IíLL TAKE IT.I WANT IT.

YOU GOT TO USE IT.DONíT ABUSE IT.BUT USE IT.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT.

 

BACK to FRESH START

 

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20102200NUMBER ONE IS ATTITUDE. //20110029

BEING ABLE TO DO ENOUGH FOR THEMSELVES,

WITHOUT WAITING ON OTHERS.LIKE PROBABLY WHAT

THEYíVE ALWAYS BEEN DOING, WAITING ON SOMEONE

ELSE TO DO FOR THEM.THEY CAN DO IT FOR THEMSELVES.

BEING ABLE TO SAY, OK, THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO DO

TODAY.AND HAVE A RIGHT TO SAY, NO.NO, I DONíT

WANT THIS.NO, I DONíT WANT TO BE A PART OF THAT.

YES, IíM GOING TO DO THIS TODAY.

 

ANGLE FEATURING DIANE interacting w/students

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† DIANE

20125520OH, I KNOW THEY CAN DO IT.JUST BELIEVE.

DONíT LET NOTHING STOP THEM.ALL THE BARRIERS

WE HAVE.THE PLANS A, B AND C.JUST KEEP GOING.

 


††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† DIANE

20143115 YOU KNOW, I WAS FIVE WHEN I TOLD HER THAT.

I WAS PLAYING ONE DAY WHEN SOME OF HER FRIENDS

WERE OVER.AND YOU KNOW HOW YOU DO.AND SHE

SAYS, WHAT YOU GOING TO BE?I SAID, MAMA, IíM GOING

TO BE A TEACHER.ONE DAY I[M GOING TO BE A TEACHER.

AND THATíS WHAT I REMEMBER TELLING HER.I WANT

TO TEACH.//

 

CUT to DIANE in her OFFICE at FRESH START

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† DIANE

20073311I WANT TO DO MORE.THEY LET ME KNOW

I COULD DO ANYTHING I PUT MY MIND TO. //

20160924THIS IS A BLESSING.

 

MUSIC IN, as we TRANSITION to TITLE SEQUENCE and KAYíS STORY:

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KAY

Once you get empowered that way, that you can, nobody

can stop youÖ

 

ADD TEXT to SCREEN:†††††† KAY TAYLOR†† †††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Opening Doors††††††††††

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DISSOLVE to BROLL

 

KAY VO

19151301ONE OF THE THINGS I WANT FOR THE HOUSE

IS A SHED.IT DIDNíT COME W/THE GARAGE.SO IíVE GOT

SIX TWO BY FOURS TOWARDS THIS SHED IíM GOING TO

BUILD.I CANíT BUY IT FLAT OUT, IíLL BUILD IT.BY THE

END OF THE SUMMER IíLL HAVE THE SHED BUILT.//

19174120I DIDNíT ALWAYS FEEL LIKE THAT.BUT NOW

YOU KNOW ITíS INSTILLED IN ME THAT I CAN.


KAY ON CAM

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KAY

18335215I GOT MARRIED IN CHICAGO, TRAVELLED

AROUND A LOT.GOT DIVORCED.UH ENDED UP GETTING

MARRIED AGAIN AND DIVORCED.AND SO I ENDED UP IN

IOWA.MY BROTHER WAS UP THERE IN FAIRFIELD, IOWA,

FOR 15 YRS.AND THEN THATíS WHERE I ACTUALLY, THATíS

WHERE I CONCEIVED MEGAN.HA HA THATíS A GOOD ONE.AND WASNíT SUCH A GOOD THING.I MEAN, SHEíS A GOOD THING.BUT THAT WAS LIKE A REAL STRESSFUL THING.

AND THATíS HOW I ENDED UP IN LEAVING.I PROBABLY

LEFT HALF MY STUFF IN THE DRIVEWAY.GOT PACKED UP, HEADED DOWN HERE TO STAY W/MY SISTER.AND THATíS HOW I WAS GOING TO START OVER.

 

Kay and Megan

 

††††††††††††††††††††††† KAY

††††††††††††††††††††††† 18355802I COULDíVE GONE BACKTO THE JOB I HAD.I WAS

A PRINTER.I COULDíVE GONE BACK AND BEEN A PRINTER.

IN FACT, I DID GO IN FOR I THINK, ONE WEEK.AND I SAID,

NAH.CANNOT DO THIS.I HAVE TO DO BETTER.// SO THATíS

WHEN I THOUGHT, I REALLY HAVE TO MAKE A CHANGE HERE.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KAY

††††††††††††††††††††††† 18373805 //, YOUíRE LEFT BEHIND OR YOUíRE LEFT ALONE,

OR WHATEVER HAPPENS, AND YOUíRE DEVASTATED AND

YOUíVE GOT TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE ALL THE

PAYMENTSÖYOU NEED SOMEONEóLIKE JUDY AND THE

LADIES AT FAMILIES FIRSTóYOU KNEED SOMEONE TO

COME IN AND (LIFTS HER HANDS) YOU KNOW LIKE,

GRABBING YOU AND PULLING YOU UP AND SAYING, YOU

KNOW, WE CAN HELP YOU GET UP.WHEN YOU THINK THEREíS NO HOPE.YOU SAY, I DONíT

KNOW HOW TO DO THIS.AND THAT WAS THE THING.

THEY CAN GIVE YOU THAT BOOST.AND IF YOU CAN STOP

BE ANGRY, AT WHATEVER HAPPENED TO YOU, OR WHO

DID IT TO YOU, OR YOU FEEL VICTIMIZED AND THAT

WHOLE THING, IF YOU CAN JUST PUT THAT ASIDE, CHECK

THAT ASIDE, AND CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE.AND LET

THEM HELP YOU.

 

JUDY AND CLASS


††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KAY

18592325 YEAH, THEY HELPED W/THE CHILDCARE.AND

THEY HELPED ME YOU KNOW I FOUND A CHILDCARE THAT

WOULD BE ON THE WAY.AND THEY HELPED W/THAT THE PAYMENTS.I SIGNED UP FOR EVERY PROGRAM AND ALL THAT STUFF.FOR EVERYTHINGTHEY HAD.AND I QUALIFIED

FOR A LOT OF THAT.THEY HELPED W/ THE SCHOOL FUNDING.

 

JUDYíS CLASS FEATURING KSAs

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KAY

18352518AND THAT WAS THE WHOLE BEGINNING OF THIS.

AND IT WAS GREAT.IT GOT ME FROM WHERE I WAS,

LEAVING STUFF UP THERE, TO COMING DOWN HERE AND

GOING THRU ALL THAT, GOING TO SCHOOL, AND GETTING A

GOOD JOB AND ENDING UP WI/A HOUSE.†† WAS LIKEÖITíS

LIKE, ITíS SOMETHING EVERYBODY CAN DO, BUT YOU DONíT

BELIEVE IT UNTIL IT HAPPENS TO YOU.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KAY

††††††††††††††††††††††† 18400418// AND YOU KNOW I DIDNíT KNOW ANYTHING

ABOUT THIS AREA.AND TO GET ON A BUS WI/A BUNCH OF

GIRLS I DIDNíT KNOW.AND THE LADY WHO IS DRIVING

THE BUS TO DIXON, AND I DIDNíT KNOW WHERE IT WAS.

AND, YOU KNOWÖACTUALLY AT SOME POINT I DIDNíT

REALLY WANT TO GO.I GUESS I SHOULD SAY THAT.IT

WAS SCARY.//

 

KAY ON CAM

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KAY

19010621BECOZ I AM OLDER THAN ANY OF THE OTHER

GIRLS GOING THRU THAT, IíM 52 NOW.AND YOU KNOW ITíS

LIKE, EVEN WHEN THEYíRE IN THEIR 20S OR 30S, AND YOU

THINK OH GOSH MY WHOLE WORLDíS CRUSHING IN AND I

CANíT MAKE IT.WHEN THAT HIT ME SOMEWHERE IN MY

40S, ITíS LIKEÖWOA!YOU KNOW, THIS JUST CANíT BE.

THAT WAS MY THOUGHT.IíM LIKE THEM.IíM IN THE

SAME BOAT.

 

JUDY AND CLASS


KAY

18504715I MEAN, ITíS GOOD BEING IN A GROUP W/ALL

THE OTHER WOMEN, BECOZ ONE OF THE THINGS THAT

HAPPENS IS WHEN YOUíR IN THE MIDDLE OF THE THING

YOU TEND TO BE ALONE.AND YOUíRE AROUND THOSE

OTHER PEOPLE THAT UH BE CODEPENDENT, OR KEEP

YOU DOWN THERE, WHERE YOUíRE AT.SO WHEN YOU

GET INVOVLED IN THIS AND YOU BREAK AWAY FROM

THEM AND YOU START LEARNING ABOUT THOSE GREAT

WORDS OF CODEPENDENCY AND ALL THATÖ(LAUGHS)

YOU LEARN THAT THEY ARENíT GOING TO HELP.YOU

BREAK AWAY, YOUíRE OFFERED THESE SURVIVAL

SKILLS, YOU KNOW YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO PASS IT UP.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KAY

18453829THE WOMENíS BILL OF RIGHTS IS LIKE, YOU

HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY NO.I LIKE TO THINK, YOU HAVE

THE RIGHT TO MAKE THE SALARY THAT THE MAN MAKES,

YOU HAVE THE RIGHTÖYOU KNOW YOU HAVE THE RIGHT

TO HAVE ANYTHING YOU WANT.YOU KNOW, AS FAR AS,

AS FAR AS UNDERSTANDING THAT AND CHANGING YOUR

ATTITUDE AND SAYING, LIKE, YOU KNOW, ITíS ALL MINE.

AND I NEVER KNEW THAT.YOU KNOW, SOMEONE, LIKE,

WHOíS HUSBAND YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO

GET OUT OF THAT, THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO BE TREATED

WELL.I MEAN, THATíS THEIR GOD GIVEN RIGHT.LOTS

OF TIME WHEN YOUíRE IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR CRISIS,

OR YOUíRE IN CRISIS MODE, AND YOU DONíT KNOW

THESE THINGS AND YOU CANíT EVEN SEE THE FOREST

FOR THE TREES, YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW TO GET

OUT.THATíS ALL YOU KNOW.AND IT CAN FEEL SAFE

BECOZ, YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?HOW

ARE YOU GOING TO, YOU KNOW?GOING THRU ALL OF

THAT STUFF MADE ME REALIZE, YEAH, YOU CAN GET

WHATEVER YOU WANT.

 

I DONíT KNOW HOW MANY COPIES IíVE MADE OF THAT

WOMANíS BILL OF RIGHTS.(LAUGHS)AND HANDED THEM

OUT TO OTHER LADIES AND SAYINGÖYOU KNOW, HELLO?

IN CASE NOBODY TOLD YOU, THERE IT IS.

 

CU ON WOMAN IN CLASS


††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KAY

††††††††††††††††††††††† 19093201ITíS BEEN LIKE UH UH WHAT?LIKE A TORNADO?

COZ WENT THRU A LOT OF STUFF LIKE REAL FAST.BUT

SOMEWHER ALONG THE LINE, WHETHER IT HAD TO DO

W/GOING THRU THE CLASSES OR NOT, OF LEARNING TO

HANG IN THERE.TO LET SOMEONE HELP YOU.COZ YOU

REALLY CANíT DO IT ON YOUR OWN.WHEN YOUíRE DOWN.

AND WHEN YOU GOT FAMILY AND EVERYBODY THAT

KNOWS THE WHOLE STORYÖYOU KNOW, LIKE

SOMETIMES, THATíS NOT REAL GOOD.YOUR BEST

FRIEND KNOWS ALL THIS, AND ITíS LIKE, POOR YOU.

WELL YOU REALLY DONíT NEED THAT. YOU NEED THE

OTHER END.PEOPLE PUSHING YOU, SAYING, YEAH,

YOU CAN MAKE IT.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KAY

††††††††††††††††††††††† 18534617I FINISHED THE SCHOOL.AT TENNESSEE

TECH.AND I DIDNíT HAVE A JOB LINED UP // 18551809

SO, UM I WENT I KEPT IN TOUCH W/EMPLOYMENT

AGENCY AND SHE SAID NISSAN WAS HIRING. // AND I

SAID IíM GOING TO GO OUT THERE AND TRY IT.COZ I

WAS THINKING THAT WOULD BE A GOOD PLACE TO

WORK.//I HAD THAT ATTITUDE THEN THAT THERE

WASNíT ANYTHING I COULDNíT DO.// 19174120ONCE

YOU GET EMPOWERED THAT WAY, THAT YOU CAN,

NOBODY CAN STOP YOU.

 

KAY W/MEGAN

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KAY

19063427I NEVER THOUGHT IíD GET THIS HOUSE.

AND MY SISTERíS HUSBAND, HEíS A GOOD GUY, AND

MAN THEY HELPED ME THRU EVERYTHING.AND WHEN

I TOLD THEM I WAS BUYING A HOUSE, HE SAID, YEAH,

SURE.HE WOULD NOT EVEN TALK ABOUT IT.WOULD

NOT.YOU JUST GOT THAT JOB OUT AT NISSAN.THEREíS

NO WAY YOU CAN GO FR NOTHING, WELFARE, FR

NOWHERE.AND THEYíLL CHECK.YOU WONíT QUALIFY

FOR THAT HOUSE.††† BUT I DID.//IT WAS A LONG HAUL.

BUT ITíS MINE.UNBELIEVABLE.//

 

BROLL OF KAY AND MEGAN AND HOUSE


††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KAY

//I CAN REMEMBER BACK THEN SAYING, YOU HAVE

TO SIGN UP FOR THIS OR YOUíRE OUT.AND I WAS

THINKING, OH, IT WAS ALMOST OVERWHELMING.

19231703 COZ AT THE TIME I DIDNíT REALIZE WHAT THEY

WERE GIVING ME COZ I HADNíT BEEN THRU IT.NOW I

KNOW YOUíRE NOT GOING TO REGRET IT.

 

MEGAN SITS ON HER LAP.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KAY (CONT)

19213026AND ITíS NOT A PUNISHMENT.YOU KNOW ITS

LIKE IF THEY GET INTO THIS AND THEYíRE THINKING, I

HAVE TO DO THIS.ITíS NOT A PUNISHMENT BEING

GIVEN TO THEM.YOU DONíT GET OPPORTUNITY LIKE

THIS.†† YOU KNOW PEOPLE PAY HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS

FOR THESE SEMINARS, AND SOMEBODY IS GIVING YOU

THIS? //EVEN GOING TO HELP YOU W/CHILDCARE WHILE

YOU GO TO SCHOOL.THEY ARE GOING TO HELP YOU.

 

KAY COMING OUT OF HOUSE.

 

KAY

IF YOU PASS IT UP, ITíS GOING TO BE A REAL SORRY

THING.LIKE WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES AND ANOTHER

DOOR OPENS UP.THEYíVE OPENED A BIG DOOR.†† YOU

BETTER WALK THRU THAT.††

 

DIP to BLACK and

FADE UP on BRUCEíS STORY:

 

BRUCE

As long as you never give up, you stand a chance that things are

going to get betterÖ

ADD TEXT to SCREEN:†††††† BRUCE PHILLIPS

Second Chances

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BRUCE

3144902BY ALL RIGHTS I SHOULDíVEI GUESS CHECKED

ON OUT WHEN I WAS 16 AND HAD A CAR WRECK AND

STAYED IN THE HOSPITAL FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS.

I GOT TO COME BACK.DOCTORS ALL TOLD MY FAMILY

THEREíS A 10 PERCENT CHANCE OUT OF 100 THAT HEíLL

EVER LIVE A NORMAL LIFE.AND UH I WORKED HARD

ALL MY LIFE UP UNTIL RIGHT NOW.

 

BRUCE

3004908MY MOM AND DAD DIVORCED WHEN I WAS

TWELVE.AND UH MY GRANDPARENTS ADOPTED ME

AND I LVED W/THEM UNTIL I WAS GROWN.

 

BRUCE ON CAM

 

BRUCE

3012404// I WAS A PERFECT STUDENT IN SCHOOL AND

EVERYTHING AND AFTER THAT HAPPENED I STARTED

FAILING IN SCHOOL.AND ONE THING LED TO ANOTHER

AND I WAS ABOUT 15 AND I DECIDED I WANTED TO

WORK FOR A LIVING INSTEAD OF GOING TO SCHOOL.

AND QUIT SCHOOL AND BEEN WORKING EVER SINCE.

NEVER BEEN ABLE TO GET A REAL JOB, NOT WHAT IíD

CALL A REAL JOB.JUST ALWAYS DOING ODD AND END

CARPENTER WORK, FARM WORK, STUFF LIKE THAT.

†††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BRUCE

3104917AND 91, I HAD A REAL BAD TIMBER CUTTING

ACCIDENT.AND I STAYED DISABLED ALMOST FOUR

YRS BEFORE I COULD GET BACK TO WORK.

3112112I HAD A TREE TO FALL ON ME.I WAS TOPPING IT

AND IT WAS HUNG OFF THE GROUND.BURIED MY HEAD

FOUR INCHES INTO THE GROUND.TORE ALL THE MUSCLES

LOOSE FROM THE BONE ON THE RIGHT SIDE FR MY TAIL

BONE TO MY RIGHT ELBOW.HAD TO HAVE KNEE SURGERY

DONE.RUN A STICK THRU MY JAW.AND LOST A WHOLE

LOT OF TIME I DONíT REMEMBER.I THINK MAYBE 6 MOS

OF STUFFF THATíS (WHISTLES) GONE.

 

BRUCE

3130319 //†† ALONG W/OTHER PROBLEMS THAT I HAD,

THE ACCIDENT COZED ME TO HAVE SEIZURES.UH UP

UNTILÖWELL, I HAD ONE IN JANUARY.FIRST ONE I

HAD HAD IN THREE YEARS.BUT IT TOOK THEM FIVE,

SIX YRS TO GET THEM UNDER CONTROL.AND THEY

SAID IT WAS FR GETTING HIT IN THE HEAD SO HARD.

THE SCAR TISSUE.SO THAT KIND OF LIMITED ME ON

JOBS TOO BECOZ I COULDNíT GET A JOB WHERE IíD

HAVE TO BE OFF THE GROUND.†† // SO, ITíS STARTED

CHANGING THINGS, THE WAY I DID THINGS, THE

WAY I THOUGHT ABOUT THINGS.

 

BACK TO BRUCE

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BRUCE

3060516 BACK IN THE FALL, OCTOBER, GOT OUT OF

WORK AGAIN.LIKE I DO ABOUT EVERY WINTER.

AND UH WENT ON FAMILIES FIRST PROGRAM.AND

ONE OF THEIR OFFERS WAS FOR ME TO GET MY GED.

AND I THOUGHT THATíS WHAT I NEED TO DO THEN.

AND I STARTED THINKING ALL KIND OF POSSIBILITIES.

 

BRUCE

03074601†† THE FACT OF NEVER REALLY HAVING NOTHING.

AND I DONíT WANT MY KIDS TO BE LIKE THAT.I WANT TO

DO BETTER BY THEM.THEYíRE 10 AND 13 YRS OLD AND

THEY GOT A LOT AHEAD OF THEM.AND I KNOW BOTH OF

THEM IS GONNA WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL, IS GONNA WANT

TO GO TO COLLEGE, COZ AINíT NEITHER ONE OF THEM IS

GONNA WANT TO WORK LIKE I HAVE.

I MEAN, IíVEWORKED UNTILÖIíM 38 YRS OLD NOW.

AND SOME MORNINGS IT TAKES 15 MINUTES FOR ME

TO STAND UP RIGHT FROM THE WORK IíVE DONE ALL

MY LIFE, USING MY BACK AND MY MUSCLES, WHEN

IíVE GOT ENOUGH INTELLIGENCE THAT I SHOULDNíT

HAVE EVER BEEN DOING IT IN THE FIRST PLACE.AND

UH THE TEACHER I HAD THIS WINTER TAUGHT ME

THAT MORE THAN ANYTHING.SHE INSPIRED ME.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BRUCE

3082513I WAS DOING IT IN THE BEGINNINGÖI WILL NOT

TELL A STORYÖI WAS DOING IT TO PARTICIPATE W/THE

PROGRAM.UH SO WE COULD GET THE HELP WE NEEDED

AND ALL.AND THEN UH SHE KIND OF INSPIRED ME.

LOOK, IF YOUíRE THIS SMART, WHY DO YOU WANT

TO KEEP TRYING TO KILL YOURSELF TO MAKE A

LIVING WHEN YOU CAN DO OTHER THINGS.IT REALLY

GOT ME TO THINKING.ME AND MY WIFE DID SOME

SERIOUS TALKING ABOUT IT.AND UH IíVE GOT AN

OLDER DAUGHTER, SHE JUST GRADUATED FR COLLEGE.

ME AND HER TALKED ABOUT IT.SHE TOLD ME WHAT

SHE WAS GOING THRU W/HER COMPUTER COURSES.SHE

MAJORED IN COMPUTERS.SHE TOLD ME, WELL, I DONíT

THINK IT WILL BE EASY, BUT I THINK YOU CAN DO IT.

 

BRUCE w/FAMILY


BRUCE

3060516 // AND RIGHT NOW IíM IN THE PROCESS OF

TRYING TO GET INTO TECHNICAL SCHOOL, AND GET IN

INDUSTRIAL MAINTENANCE.WHICH RIGHT NOW, FR

WHAT IíVE CHECKED INTO, ITíS ONE OF THE BEST

GROWING CAREERS THERE IS, COZ IT OFFER COMPUTER

COURSES.AND ALL YOUR FACTORIES NOW, EVERYTHINGíS

COMPUTERIZED.AND IT PAYS THE MEGA BUCKS.

 

//IíVE HAD FOUR OR FIVE FACTORIES I COULDíVE HAD

EMPLOYMENT IF IíD HAD THE SKILLS TO DO IT.AND ALL

OF THEM CONSISTED OF HAVING COMPUTER TRAINING.

AND THATíS SOMETHING I AINT GOT.

BROLL OF BRUCE AND FAM

 

BRUCE

03065904// I THINK ALL THE STUDYING THAT I DID

BACK DURING THE WINTER AND ALL TRYING TO GET

MY GED PASSED, I PRETTY MUCH GOT BACK INTO THE

ROUTINE OF IT.I GOT TWO CHILDREN THAT HELPED ME.

 

BACK TO BRUCE

 

BRUCE

3090513EVERYBODY IS KIND OF STANDING BEHIND ME.

IS KEEPING ME MY HEAD UP ABOUT IT.UH UH I THINK

THAT UH THE MAIN THING THAT IS MAKING ME WANT

TO DO IT IS MY KIDS.AND UH THAT AND MY WIFE ALSO.SHEíS KIND OF LIKE ME.AINíT NEVER HAD A WHOLE

LOT.SO, I FIGURE IF I CAN DO THIS AND GET THRU THIS,

ITíS GOING TO MAKE A LOT OF DIFFERENCE.

 

BRUCE

3201601YEAH, I AINíT GIVING UP.IíM SUREÖTHATíS

SOMETHING IíVE LEARNED:AS LONG AS YOU NEVER

GIVE UP, YOU STAND A CHANCE THAT THINGS ARE

GOING TO GET BETTER.THATíS SOMETHING THAT

IíVE BEEN TOLD THAT ALL MY LIFE, BUT I NEVER REALLY

REALIZED IT, I DONíT THINK, UNTIL LATELY.IíVE GOT

TO WHERE IíVE BEEN TELLING SOME OF MY FRIENDS

THAT.IíVE GOT SOME FRIENDS HAVING PROBLEMS

W/THIS AND THAT, AND I TELL ĎEM, REMEMBER ONE

THING:IF YOU DONíT NEVER GIVE UP, IT WILL ALWAYS

GET BETTER.COZ IF YOU KEEP TRYING, ITíS GOT TO

GET BETTER.

BRUCE

3243316 I HOPE IíM STILL RIGHT HERE.WORKING 9 T 5

JOB W/MAJOR BENEFITS.THATíS WHAT IíM HOPING

FOR.I FIGURE IT WILL TAKE ME AT LEAST 18-20 MOS

TO GET OUT OF SCHOOL AND GET MY TRAINING DONE.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BRUCE

30052110IíVE TRAVELED, WORKING, I DONíT KNOW,

JUST NEVER FELT COMFORTABLE ANYWHERE, ĎCEPT

HERE.I LIKE IT WHERE IíM AT NOW BETTERíN ANY

PLACE I BEEN BEFORE.MAINLY COZ IíM OUT HERE IN

THE COUNTRY AND THEYíRE AINíT NOBODY BOTHERING

ME.THIS HOUSEHOLD, FIRST TIME I EVER HAD

ANYTHING OF MY OWN.3054328IT AINíT MINE YET.

IíM WORKING ON THAT.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BRUCE

3260027 // I WAS INFORMED LAST WEEK THAT AS LONG

AS I WAS A FULL TIME STUDENT I WAS ELIGIBLE FOR

FAMILIES FIRST PROGRAM.SO THAT MEANS, IF I STAY

IN THE FAMILIES FIRST PROGRAM, THATíS A HOUSE

PAYMENT MADE EVERY MONTH.AND I DONíT HAVE

A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, HOW WE GONNA PAY

THAT HOUSE PAYMENT AND ME GO TO SCHOOL?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BRUCE

3191229I PROBABLY WOULDNíT HAVE SURVIVED

THIS LONG W/O IT.CONSIDERING THE WAY WORKíS

BEEN.I MEAN, ITíS UH ITíS KEPT ME AND MY

FAMILYÖITíS KEPT MY BILLS PRETTY MUCH, IíM

NOT GOING TO SAY CAUGHT UP, BUT ITíS KEPT ME

FROM LOSING EVERYTHING I HAD. //.WHENEVER I

STARTED IN FAMILIES FIRST, WE WERE COMPLETELY

WITH OUT TRANSPORTATION.AND THEYíVE HELPED

US GET A VEHICLE GOING.3195028UH ITíS JUST

OPENED UP SEVERAL DOORS THAT IíVE NEVER HAD

BEFORE.REALLY GIVEN ME SOMEONE TO LEAN ON

DURING THESE HARD TIMES IíVE HAD.ITíS UH KEPT

GROCERIES ON THE TABLE AND ELECTRICITY

TURNED ON FOR US THIS WINTER.//


BRUCE

3271517TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITY

WHILE ITíS THERE.COZ THEY AINíT EVERYDAY YOU

GET A SECOND CHANCE.REACH OUT THERE AND

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT.ITíLL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

IF NOTHING ELSE, THEN THE MOTIVATION YOU HAVE.

THE WAY YOU FEEL ABOUT YOURSELF.JUST

KNOWING THAT I HAVE THAT DIPLOMA HANGING ON

MY WALL, THAT MEANS A LOT TO ME.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BRUCE

IF YOU CANíT BE HAPPY W/YOURSELF, CANíT BE

HAPPY W/YOUR FAMILY.AND CANíT HAVE NO FRIENDS

YOU CAN BE HAPPY W/.3224225I GUESS LIVING THE

LIFE I LIVED DID TEACH ME, KIND OF BE SATISFIED A

LITTLE BIT AND IF YOU GOT TO BE ANYTHING, JUST BE

HAPPY W/YOURSELF.// AND UH IíVE HAD SO MANY OF

MY FRIENDS TELLME, IíM PROUD OF YOU.THATíS

SOMETHING A LOT OF THEM NEVER SAID BEFORE.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BRUCE

3155610I THINK I FINALLY GREW UP.YEAH.I

BELIEVE THE FACT THAT I REALIZED THAT I WOULD

NEVER REALY HAVE NOTHING IF I DIDNíT GET MY

DIPLOMA.OR GED.I JUST ITíS GOT TO THE POINT

WHERE ITíS IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND ANY KIND OF JOB

OTHER THAN A MINIMUM WAGE JOB W/OUT A GED.

OR DIPLOMA.// AND W/TWO KIDS TO RAISE AND

GRANDBABY, ITíS JUST UH YOU GOT TO HAVE ALL

THE EDUCATION YOU CAN TO SURVIVE IN THIS WORLD.

I BELIEVE THAT W/ALL MY HEART NOW.

†††††††††††

DIP to BLACK then

FADE UP on SHARLENEíS STORY:

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SHARLENE

You got something you can show the world and say, look, I did this.

And did it wellÖ

 

ADD TEXT to SCREEN:†††††††† SHARLENE COFFEY

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Having Choices


 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SHARLENE

4114721I ACTUALLY QUIT AND GOT MARRIED.QUIT

IN THE NINTH GRADE.GOT MARRIED AND HAD AMIELIA.

THEN HAD SHANE.THEN GOT A DIVORCE AND STARTED

WORKING IN THE FACTORIES.AND GOT REMARRIED

AND HAD ANGIE.AND STILL WORKING IN FACTORIES.

DIDNíT EVEN THINK ABOUT GED.BECOZ FACTORY

DIDNíT REQUIRE ONE.YOU COULD GET A FACTORY JOB

W/O ONE.BUT WHEN TENNESSEE RIVER SHUT DOWN,

WENT TO MEXICOó 4165913WHEN THERE ARE NO OTHER

JOBS TO GO TO, ITíS PRETTY DEVASTATING.YOU DONíT

KNOW WHERE YOUíRE GOING OR WHAT YOUíRE GOING

TO DO.YOU GOT KIDS HERE AND YOU GOT TO FEED THEM.

SHARLENE

4171503AND I THINK ITíS TOUGHER TO GO TO FAMILY

THAN IT IS TO GO TO LIKE A STATE AGENCY OR

SOMETHING LIKE THAT.COZ I NEVER DID GO TO FAMILY

FOR HELP.WE JUST TOUGHED OUR WAY THRU IT.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SHARLENE

4124624 I JUST MADE THE DECISION AND DID IT.I HAD

TO DO SOMETHING AND THERE WAS NO MORE FACTORIES.

AND SO IT WAS EITHER GO BACK TO SCHOOL OR FIND

SOMETHING THAT WAS ABSOLUTELY HARD LABOR.

// AND I DECIDED I WANTED TO DO SOMETHING

DIFFERENT.SO, I NEEDED A GED.

 

SHARLENE

4133615AND I HAD ACTUALLY TAKEN MY GED BEFORE

I WAS APPROVED TO TAKE MY GED. I WENT AHEAD AND PAID FOR IT AND TOOK IT.HAD ACTUALLY SIGNED UP FOR COLLEGE WHEN THEY TOLD ME THEYíD PAY FOR THE GED.I WAS LIKE, I ALREADY GOT IT.BUT THAT WAS OKAY, THEY WENT ON TO HELP ME WITH MILEAGE BACK AND FORTH TO COLLEGE.// AND IT WAS A GREAT BIG HELP.

 

SHARLENE

4142000I WAS MARRIED AT THE TIME.AND HE WAS

WORKING DAYS.AND I HAD CLASSES ON M AND W, FR

8AM TO 9 AT NIGHT.AND TUES AND THURS WAS JUST IN

COLLEGE DURING THE DAYS.AND WAS HOME ON THE

WEEKENDS.BUT THEY HAD TWO NIGHTS A WEEK THEY

HAD TO EAT DADDYíS COOKING (LAUGHS)SO, IT WAS

ROUGH ON THEM TOO.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SHARLENE

4155013THEY WERE HAPPY.THEY WERE LIKE, MY

MAMAíS GOING TO COLLEGE.BUT THEY LEARNED, IF

ANYTHING, I THINK THEY LEARNED TO DO IT WHILE

THEYíRE YOUNG.BEFORE THEY MARRY AND HAVE KIDS.

I HOPE THEY LEARN THAT ANYWAY.BECOZ MAYBE

THEY SAW HOW HARD IT WAS ON ME.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SHARLENE

4152316GOING BACK TO SCHOOL AFTER 12 YRS IS A

BIG OBSTACLE.YOU HAVE A LOT OF ADJUSTMENTS TO

MAKE.HAVING TO DO HOMEWORK AT 28, YOU KNOW

YOU SITTING THERE AT ONE O CLOCK IN THE MORNING

DOING ALGEBRA, AND YOU THINK, WHAT AM I DOING

THIS FOR?I COULD BE ASLEEP.BUT YOU DO IT AND

YOU MAKE YOUR GRADES AND DO THE BEST YOU CAN.

 

SHARLENE

4291826I WAS MORE INTERESTED IN IT.IT MEANT

SOMETHING TO ME. WHEREAS, IN NINTH GRADE, IT WAS

JUST SOMETHING YOU HAD TO DO.GET UP AND GO TO

SCHOOL.BUT WHEN I WENT BACK AND GOT MY GED, I

ACTUALLY TRIED TO MAKE GOOD GRADES.I CARED

ABOUT WHETHER I PASSED.I CARED ABOUT WHETHER

I GOT THE INFORMATION THAT I NEEDED.†† ITíS DIFFERENT.

 

SHARLENE

4205711MY MOTHER DIDNíT REALLY PUSH HOMEWORK.

SHE DIDNíT PUSH SCHOOL.THEY GO TO SCHOOL AND

THEY GET THEIR HOMEWORK DONE. // 42149001

HOPEFULLY, THEY WILL DO BETTER THAN I DID.OR

DIFFERENTLY.

 

SHARLENE

4222806WHEN YOU GET DONE W/WHATEVER TRAINING

YOUíRE TAKING AND GET TO THAT JOB AND YOU KNOW

WHAT YOUíRE DOING AND YOUíRE MAKING A GOOD

LIVING FOR YOUR FAMILY AND YOUíRE NOT HAVING

TO DEPEND ON THE STATE FOR ANYTHING, ITíS WORTH IT. //

4092715I WRITE BUSINESS SOLUTIONS FOR COMPUTERS.

A COMPUTER PROGRAMMER.// 5040501MY INCOME MORE

THAN DOUBLED.


SHARLENE

4225415I CAN PROVIDE MY CHILDREN W/COLLEGE IF

THEY WANT IT, WHICH I HOPE THEY WILL.PROVIDE

THEM W/A GOOD LIVING NOW.HAVE A GOOD JOB, I

DONíT WORK IN A LABOR JOB, WORK IN AN OFFICE

ENVIRONMENT.WHICH HELPS ME A LOT.BUT UH REALLY

IT JUST HELPS YOUR CONFIDENCE TO KNOW YOU CAN GO

OUT THERE AND GET THAT DEGREE AND YOU GOT

SOMETHING YOU CAN SHOW THE WORLD AND SAY,

LOOK, I DID THIS.AND I DID IT WELL.AND IT DOES HELP

YOUR CONFIDENCE.†† //4265111THE ONLY PERSON THAT

CAN STOP YOU IS YOU.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SHARLENE

5013625IF I NEED HELP IíLL ASK FOR IT.IF YOU

NEED HELP, ASK ME FOR IT.IíLL HELP YOU.IF YOU

DONíT ASK, NOBODY CAN HELP YOU.NOBODY KNOWS

WHAT YOU NEED.// 5022914WHEN YOU ASK SOMEONE

FOR HELP, YOUíRE NOT LOSING YOUR INDEPENDENCE.

YOUíRE JUST GETTING ANOTHER OPINION.

 

SHARLENE

5023806EVEN FR A GROUPL LIKE FAMILIES FIRST.

THEYíLL GIVE YOU DIFF CHOICES.AND YOU CHOOSE.

IF YOU CHOOSE TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL, OR GET YOUR

GED, OR IF YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE SOME IMMEDIATE JOB

TRAINING, THEY GIVE YOU THE CHOICES AND YOU GET

TO CHOOSE.BUT ITíS NOT UH YOU HAVE TO DO THIS.

THIS ONE PARTICULAR THING.YOU HAVE CHOICES.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SHARLENE

4284025 IíM GLAD IíM HERE.BUT THREE YRS AGO I

NEVER WOULDíVE THOUGHTóNO, A WEEK BEFORE THE

PLANT SHUT DOWN, I NEVER THOUGHT IíD BE HERE IN

THREE YRS.//4285926I THOUGHT I WOULD BE MARRIED

FOREVER.AND RAISE MY CHILDREN.AND IT DOESNíT

ALWAYS WORK OUT THAT WAY.

 

SHARLENE

5060902//IF IHAD GONE TO WORK AT MCDONALDS

THEY COULDíVE HAD EXTRAS.BUT HOW WOULD THEY

GET TO COLLEGE.SO I THOUGHT ABOUT THE LONG RUN

AND THEYíRE GOING TO BE BETTER OFF BECOZ I

THOUGHT ABOUT THE LONG RUN.

†††††††††††

DIP to BLACK and

 

FADE UP on TRACEYíS AND KEITHíS STORY:

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† TRACEY

††††††††††††††††††††††† When God created us, He created us to fulfill many thingsÖ

ADD TEXT to SCREEN:†††††† KEITH AND TRACEY MILLBROOK

A Righteous Walk

 

DISSOLVE to

 

TRACEY

1215015// WE WERENíT MAKING IT ANY BETTER FOR

OURSELVES BECOZ WE WERE THE STEREOTYPE.YOU

KNOW?WE ALLOWED OURSELVES TO BE STEREOTYPED,

TO FALL INTO ALL THE STEREOTYPES!

 

KEITH

WE WONíT BLAME IT ON SOCIETY.WE ALLOWED

SOCIETY TO TEAR US DOWN.

 

TRACEY

WE WERE BEING BEAT DOWN AND OUR CHILDREN

WERE SUFFERING FR IT.AND SO FROM THE MOMENT

WE GOT TOGETHER, WE HAD DREAMS. // AND WE

BEGAN TO TALK ABOUT THE DREAMS AND ASPIRATIONS

WE HAVE FOR OUR LIVES, IF WE HAD NOT TOOK THE

ROUTES THAT WE HAD TAKEN, OR THE THINGS THAT

WE WOULD LIKE FOR OUR CHILDREN TO EXPERIENCE.

HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO OBTAIN.WE TRIED

WORKING, WE TRIED THIS AND IT DIDNíT WORK.AND

WE HAD TO GO BACK TO WHERE WE LEFT OFF, BEFORE

WE HAD CHILDRENó

KEITH

THATíS RIGHT, WE COULDNíT MAKE THAT STEP

FORWARD UNTIL WE WENT BACK TO WHERE WE LEFT

OFF ATÖTHATíS QUITTING HIGH SCHOOL.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† TRACEY

1233522// I MEAN, THE TIME OR THE PROCESS, OR HOW

LONG IT WOULD TAKEóTHAT WASNíT AN OPTION.

BECOZ THE CHILDREN WERE MORE IMPORTANT.

 

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† TRACEY

1010608I WAS WORKING A JOB AT A FACTORY WHERE

WE PRODUCED CRUTCHES, ASSEMBLED CRUTCHES. I

WAS AN ASSEMBLER.AND I WAS MAKING 800 SETS OF

CRUTCHES A DAY.SOMETIMES WORK 10 TO 12 HRS A

DAY. AND MY CHECK AT THE END OF THE WEEK WOULD

BE MAYBE A LITTLE OVER 200 DOLLARS.AND I WOULD

BE SO TIRED, UNTIL MY HOUSEWORK WAS BEHIND, THE

CHILDREN WAS ALWAYS NEEDING SOMETHING.

 

TRACEY

1025117MY HUSBAND // HE TOOK A ROOFING JOB.AND

PART TIME ON THE SIDE HEíD DO ANYTHING TO HELP

MAKE ENDS MEET.AND HE STOPPED AND SAID I CANíT

DO THIS ANYMORE.AND WE WENT INTO THE SYSTEM

AND GOT ASSISTANCEó

 

KEITH

1044311 AND THE GUY SAID, LOOK, WE HAVE A PROGRAM

NOW YOU JUST CANíT LAY AROUND ON WELFARE ALL

YOUR LIFE.YOU HAVE GO TO SCHOOL OR GET A JOB IN

THE WORKFORCE WE CHOOSE FOR YíALL TO CONTINUE

TO GET THIS WELFARE ASSISTANCE.SO I DECIDED WE

WERE GOING TO SCHOOL, COZ WE DIDNíT WANT TO GO

BACK ON THE ROOF OR BACK INTO THESE WAREHOUSES,

WHATEVER.SHE OPPOSED TO GOINGTO SCHOOL.

REALLY DIDNíT WANT TO GO IN THE BEGINNING.

TRACEY

1051300 THATíS BECOZ UH YRS AGO WHEN I TRIED TO

GO BACK TO SCHOOL YEARS EARLIER THERE WAS

VERY LITTLE HELP AVAILABLE.AND SOMETIMES YOU

CAN KNOCK UP AGAINST A WALL UNTIL YOU SAY, WELL

I GIVE UP.AND SO MY DRIVE FOR THATAT THAT

PARTICULAR TIME WAS GONE.BUT MY HUSBAND WHEN HE

TOOK THE INITIATIVE AND PROCEEDED W/THE GED COURSE,

AND HE WAS COMINGBACK EXCITED. AND IT WAS LIKE

WHEN EDUCATION SHINE A LIGHT ON THINGS,AND HIS EYES

WERE BRIGHT AND HE WAS TELLING ME THE THINGS HE WAS

LEARNING, AND IT WASNíT LIKE HE WAS GOING TO SCHOOL

FOR THE SYSTEM THIS TIME, HE WAS REALLY ENJOYING IT.

KEITH

FOR MYSELF.


TRACEY

1055113 AND HE WAS CATCHING UP W/THINGS THAT HE

HAD STOPPED HIM FROM PROCEDING.SO HE COULD

MOVE FORWARD.SO HE SAID, WHY DONíT YOU COME?

WHEN I GOT THERE, I WAS EXCITED.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† TRACY

1071109YEAH, -- HARDEMAN WAS OUR GED INSTRUCTOR

OVER AT ST ANDREW.AND I MEAN, HE WAS GREAT.HE LET

US KNOW THAT WE COULD BENEFIT FROM THE SITUATION.//

BECOZ HE PUSHED US ON TO GO TO COLLEGE.SAID, DONíT

STOP HERE.THE SYSTEM GOING TO HELP YOU BENEFIT FR

IT.DONíT JUST LAY AROUND.DONíT JUST COME HERE

BECOZ YOUíRE TOLD TO COME HERE.YOU KNOW, REALLY

GET INTO IT AND SEE HOW IT CAN HELP YOU AND YOUR

CHILDREN. AND HOW IT CAN EFFECT YOU IN YOUR LIFE

SITUATION.HE WAS RIGHT.

 

KEITH

// ITíS NOT ABOUT LAYING UP ON WELFARE ALL THE

TIME, RECEIVING FOOD STAMPS.PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.

BUT RIGHT NOW, ITíS HELPING US.01134113BECOZ WE

CAN FEED OUR CHILDREN AND HAVE THEM IN DAYCARE

CENTERS.AND ITíS JUST HELPING US MOVE FORWARD IN

LIFE AND REACH THE GOALS WE HAVE SET FOR OURSELVES.

 

CUT TO TRACY LISTENING

 

KEITH

// 2184100WHEN I WENT TO SCHOOL, I LEARNED I LOVED

IT.I LEARNED TO WRITE A SENTENCE AGAIN.DOING

PARAGRAPHS.ALGEBRA.I CAN READ THE NEWSPAPER

W/BETTER COMPREHENSION.//1185626 //I HAVE

REALLY GROWN.GOD HAS GIVEN ME ANOTHER CHANCE

TO GROW AND DO WHAT IS RIGHT.

 

TRACEY

1105001 COZ UH EDUCATION IS GODíS IDEA FOR, YOU

KNOW, BECOZ IN THE WORD, ďFOR A LACK OF KNOWLEDGE

MY PEOPLE ARE DESTROYED.ĒI MAY BE PARAPHRASING IT.

AND YOU KNOW WHEN IT REALLY SET IN FOR ME WAS

WHEN WE WALKED DOWN THE AISLE, WHEN WE

GRADUATED W/OUR GEDS, AND I KNEW THAT, YES, WE

GOT PAST THIS.COMPLETION OF SOMETHING.

 

 

KEITH

1084324I HAVE TO CONGRATULATE HER.SHE PASSED

THAT GED W/SCORES, HER SCORES WERE HIGHER THAN

MINE.IN ONLY THREE MONTHS SHE HAD DONE THIS.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† TRACEY

1085411SEE I HAD DROPPED OUT IN 8TH GRADE.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KEITH

AT LEAST I QUIT IN THE 11TH.AND SO IíM SAYING, HOW

COME YOU GOT MORE SENSE THAN I DO?

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† TRACEY

1090111NAW!I WAS JUST EXCITED.WE WERE BOTH

HUNGRY.I WAS BREATHING DOWN HIS NECK BECAUSE

I KNOW HE KNEW MORE THAN ME.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KEITH

SHE THOUGHT I DID.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† TRACY

SO ITíS LIKE A COMPETITION, LIKE COMPETITIVE WITH

OUR EDUCATION.I MEAN IN A RIGHTEOUS WAY.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KEITH

//1100213 // WE GAINED MORE CONFIDENCE ABOUT

MOVING TO A HIGHER LEVEL.AND WE THOUGHT

GOING TO COLLEGE WOULD BE THAT WAY.

 

TRACEY

AND ONCE WE ACCEPTED EDUCATION IT WAS LIKE

RIGHTEOUSNESS, A RIGHTEOUS WALK.††

 

KEITH

1113507 AND WITH US HAVING 8 KIDSÖIT OPENED

NEW DOORS AND CREATE NEW CREATE CONFIDENCE

IN OUR KIDS.

TRACEY

DISCIPLINE.

 

KEITH

OUR KIDS WAS LIKEó

 

TRACEY

(LAUGHS) US.

KEITH

1114808 YEAH, GROWING UP LIKE US.AND SO WE

HAVE TO, WE FIND WE HAVE TO DO THESE THINGS IN

ORDER TO CREATE NEW LIFE W/OUR KIDS.AND NOW

THEYíRE ON THE SAME PAGE THAT WE ARE ON.MY

DAUGHTER CONTINUES TO SAY SHE CANíT WAIT TO

GRADUATE FR HIGH SCHOOL AND GO TO COLLEGE.

I MEAN, ITíS GREAT TO HEAR THAT.AND OUR OLDER

BOYS, WHEN WE FIRST GOT TOGETHER, THEY DIDNíT

WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL.COZ THATíS THE WAY WE

WERE.BUT ONCE WE CHANGED THAT SCENARIO AND

BEGANó

TRACEY

1121905 THOSE MENTALITIES WERE BROKEN.

 

TRACEY

//AND EVERYONE OF THEM, THEYíRE GRADES ARE

RISING, RISING, RISING.1245023COMING ALONG,

DOING THINGS, THEYíRE AMBITIOUS.I MEAN, IíTS

REALLY HELPING THEMTHEY ARE TAKING EDUCATION

SERIOUS.

 

TRACEY

1192106// WE HAVE LEARNED SINCE BEING HERE THAT

EDUCATION IS A PRIVILEGE.1200619ITíS A DISCIPLINE

AND A PRIVILEGE.AND YOU KNOW IíM JUST HONORED

TO BE RECEIVING THE TYPE OF EDUCATION WEíRE

RECEIVING, ESPECIALLY AT LEMOYNE-OWEN.

 

TRACEY

1295103 SINCE WE BEEN HERE IíVE HAD 110 THINGS TO

STOP US FROM GOING TO SCHOOL.BUT YOU KNOW

WHAT?WE OVERRODE THEM.

KEITH

WEíLL DEAL W/THAT LATER.WE GOT CLASSES TODAY.

 

TRACEY

YEAH.YOU KNOW SOMETHING?GOD WORKED IT OUT.

BECOZ IF YOU DO WHAT GOD SAY, HE WILL WORK IT OUT.

YOU TAKE CARE OF HIS BUSINESS AND HEíLL TAKE

CARE OF YOURS.

 


KEITH

1171701 //IN MY YOUNGER DAYS, I WAS HARDHEADED

AND ENDED UP DROPPING OUT OF SCHOOL.AND I PAID

DEARLY FOR THAT AND I THINK I CAN GIVE SOMETHING

BACK IN EDUCATIONAL FIELD.TEACHING NOT JUST WHAT

THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION REQUIRES

ME TO TEACH BUT ALSO HOW IT APPLIES TO REAL LIFE

AFFAIRS.HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR EDUCATION.

 

TRACEY

2080122: I CAN SEE MYSELF IN A CLASSROOM,

PARTICULARLY, AN ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM.

TEACHING CHILDREN AT THE SAME TIME DOING NIGHT

CLASSES STUDYING FOR MY MASTERS.

 

TRACEY

2021229 // YOU KNOW THEREíS ALWAYS ANOTHER LEVEL,

ANOTHER GOAL.I MEAN, WHEN GOD CREATED US, HE

CREATED US TO FULFILL MANY THINGS. //DONíT EVER STOP.

YOU CAN KNOCK AT THE DOOR, IF IT DOESNíT OPEN

NOT BE FOR YOU.BUT DONíT EVER STOP KNOCKING.GO

TO ANOTHER DOOR.SET MORE GOALS.AND I WANT TO

TEACH MY CHILDREN TO DO THE SAME. BECOZ OF THE

FACT THAT WE HAVE 8 CHILDREN, I THINK THAT EACH

AND EVERY ONE OF THEM CAN BE PROSPEROUS IN LIFE.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† KEITH

2165919IF IT HADNíT BEEN FOR FAMILIES FIRST, WHERE

WOULD I BE AT?// I WOULDNíT BE IN SCHOOL, IíD BE

DOWN THE ROAD OF DESTRUCTION, IíD BE IN A WORLD

OF TROUBLE RIGHT NOW.//

 

TRACEY

2150605OR JUST ANOTHER STEREOTYPE.I MEAN, WAITING

FOR MY CHECK, OR WAITING FOR ENDS TO MEET, JUST A

CYCLE OF ANYTING OF UNCOMPLETION.OVER AND OVER

AGAIN, NOTHING EVER PROCEEDING BEYOND A CYCLE.

TRADITION.NOW, THAT IíM HERE, I FEEL LIKE TRADITION HAS BEEN BROKEN.W/EDUCATION CAN BE ANYTHING I WANT TO BE.AND NOW MY CHILDREN DONíT HAVE TO BE CAUGHT UP IN THE CYCLE.††


BROLL TRACY AND KEITH WALKING TOGETHER

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† TRACEY

OUR CHILDREN HAVE BENEFITED FR OUR EDUCATION.

WE BENEFIT AS WELL.BUT JUST TO SEE THE PARENTS IN

THE HOUSEHOLD BE A ROLE MODEL WHERE SCHOOL IS

CONCERNED.THEY SEE, EVEN US, AS OLD AS WE ARE,

IT MUST BE SOMETHING WORTHWHILE, IT MUST BE

SOMETHING WORTH WALKING IN.

 

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