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Marva Collins
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Clarence Collins
Rodrick F. Wimberly ...
Martin Luther Jones (as Roderick Wimberly)
Mashaune Hardy ...
Cindy Collins
Brett Bouldin ...
Patrick Collins
Samuel Muhammad Jr. ...
Eric Collins
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Cynthia Rawls
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McCloud
Frankie Hill ...
Ida Banbower
Charlie Brown ...
Boland
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Lela Boland
Ce Ce Thompson ...
Louise Jones
Jimmie F. Skaggs ...
Chester Boland
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Kelly Crosby ...
Tina Boland
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This movie can inspire you to overcome whatever obstacles you have, when you see how Marva Collins overcame the obstacles, financial and otherwise, in opening her own School in her home. When she was teaching in Public School, someone vandalized her Classroom. She tells the students whoever did it had a key, since she found the Classroom Door locked. That is why I disagree with the person who said the Classroom was disturbed by Students. The Students would not normally have a key to her Classroom. Written by robert delrosso (rdelrosso2001)

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Marva Collins Story (#31.1)  »

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Shortly after 1:05 minutes, she cites "Muy bien" as being French for "Very good", when, in fact, it is Spanish. See more »

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Worth seeing twenty-five years later.
26 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an exceptionally heartwarming story about an inner city teacher who, being fed up with the systematic discarding of our children, opened a school in her home. She encountered many obstacles from her husband thinking she had lost her mind to the city of Chicago trying to shut her down. She persevered...and the rest is history.

I highly recommend this film to parents, teachers, and anyone else who is involved in the education of our children. It's gut wrenching, exciting, even explosive at times, but it leaves you with hope and the belief that you can succeed.

Thanks Marva for being my role model and thanks Cicely for walking in her shoes.


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