On Sunday, May 25, 2008, Georgia Public Broadcasting will air an encore presentation of Defying the Odds. The program will air at 4:00pm on Georgia Public Broadcasting's television channels.
In 1988, the Merrill Lynch Foundation promised 250 inner-city student in Atlanta and other U.S. cities full scholarships to the college of their choice. The only requirement from the students was that they graduate from high school and get accepted into college. The Atlanta students were 25 members of the the first grade class at Capital View Elementary School in southwest Atlanta.
In 1998, GPB's Emmy-winning team of producer/director Pamela Roberts and Videographer Wayne Baumgardner began the three year project of filming five of the Atlanta students. Defying the Odds introduces us to these students and their efforts to take advantage of the Merrill Lynch promise. The story also shares the challenges that face these students.
Click here to view the Defying the Odds website.