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Concerts and Lectures Series to present The Manuel Scott Story

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Posted: 01/10/2012

Manuel ScottLa Plume – In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Keystone College Concerts and Lectures Series will present “The Manuel Scott Story,” an against-the-odds tale of courage, strength, and determination to overcome extreme adversity on Thursday, January 19 at 7 p.m. in the Theatre in Brooks. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Manuel Scott’s story is told in 2007 award-winning movie, “Freedom Writers” starring Hilary Swank about a young teacher who inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school. Mr. Scott shares his story of how he went from being a poor student and a high school dropout to a successful entrepreneur and Ph.D. candidate.

He has spoken for hundreds of organizations and also appeared on “The View” and “Nightline.” He delivered the keynote address to the Lions Clubs International Convention in Hong Kong and to more than 100,000 people at San Antonio’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.

At the age of 14, Mr. Scott dropped out of high school and his English grammar was so poor that we classified as an English as a Second Language student. By the age of 16, he had already lived in 26 different places. At an early age, he began using drugs and alcohol. “When I look back, I now see that I was heading down a path that would have destroyed me,” he said.

Thanks to an amazing transformation, Mr. Scott has defied all the odds. The high school drop-out now holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and Trinity University and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Chicago, Ill.

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