This documentary is the true story of an African American woman, Ms. Irene Wallace from impoverished rural Pender County, North Carolina. As a young girl, Irene had to walk three miles to attend a one-room school house (built by Jewish philanthropist Julius Rosenwald). Inspired by articles she read in EBONY magazine, Irene graduated from a Historic Black College with a degree in business-education. She worked in the Federal Government Service and rose in the ranks to a General Manager of electronic systems for the U.S. Navy. The second part to this documentary, tells of the racist burning of Antioch Church, Irene’s Black Church, on Martin Luther King’s birthday. Among the many volunteer communities and individuals who helped to rebuild Antioch Church depicted in this film were a group of Harvard University students who, rather than spend their Spring Break on the beaches of Florida, came to Irene’s aid and worked to rebuild her Church. Irene is an inspiration to Black youth, and a role model. At the end of the film, Irene shares some advice and words of wisdom that contributed to her success in America.
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