A Powerful Path


A disabled, black single mother works helping other people.

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Producer: U.S.A
Year Produced: 1992
Running time: 23 minutes
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The life story of Shirley Carter, an African-American, single, mother, born with cerebral palsy, arthritis, and muscle spasms, a speech defect and hearing loss. In 1986 she and other peace marchers walked 3,700m miles in the USA and for a month in the Soviet Union in 1987, although at one point her doctor had said she would never walk again. A courageous and caring person her testimony helped convict the murderer of a number of black women. She now works in Philadelphia on behalf of the disabled and homeless. If Shirley, with the odds stacked so heavily against her, can accomplish so much good, what could those of us without handicaps achieve?

This film is of historical interest but the issues raised are still current.

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