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Documentary: “Providence St. Mel”
Documentary: “Providence St. Mel”

Documentary: “Providence St. Mel”

The synopsis of the documentary “The Providence Effect” says:
Paul J. Adams III, an African-American man with activist roots in the 1960’s civil rights movement, came from a family of teachers.  After being black listed himself as a teacher in Alabama because of his civil rights activities, he moved to Chicago, received a master’s degree in psychology, and then landed a job as guidance counselor at Providence St. Mel, an all-black parochial school on Chicago’s notorious drug-ridden, gang-ruled West Side. A year after his arrival, Adams became principal, only to be told the following year that Chicago’s archdiocese was going to close the school.  After orchestrating a fundraising campaign that received national and local media attention, funds poured in and enabled Adams to buy the school from the Sisters of Providence and convert it to a not-for-profit independent school.  To ward off thieves and vandals, he literally moved into the empty nuns’ quarters of the convent inside the school. He then set about achieving a new goal:  To turn Providence St. Mel into a first rank college preparatory school, and its African-American student body into a corps of driven, disciplined, high achieving students. That was over 30 years ago.  Since then, 100% of Providence St. Mel graduates have been accepted to college, half of them, during the last seven years, to first tier and Ivy League colleges and universities. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. COPYRIGHT 2009. THE PROVIDENCE EFFECT.
Sounds interesting. I’ll have to find out more.

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