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  • "One Ordinary Woman, One Extraordinary Journey" is a unique and compelling documentary about the heart and sheer determination of a single mother, Carrie Ponder, who overcame, poverty, spousal abuse, homelessness and gang violence to successfully raise eight children in the tough inner city of Chicago and guide each of them to the best educational institutions in America. Her stunning, and at times humorous, story is told through the words of her children, friends, admirers and Mother Ponder, herself, as they all come to grips with Carrie's final debilitating battle with lung cancer. It is the ultimate story of triumph and love; a reality tale of one woman's philosophy about life and her dedication to her family and community.

  • One Ordinary Woman, One Extraordinary Journey is a very unique documentary series about ordinary women who have lived and continue to live extraordinary lives. The first of our series is about the heart and sheer determination of Carrie Beatrice Ponder who raised eight children in the inner city of Chicago and sent them all off to top-notch colleges and graduate schools With meager resources and an undying commitment to her children and her community she was able to make an invaluable difference in the lives of many. This documentary explores the countless trials that she has traversed through in spite of financial challenges, homelessness, gang violence and enormous societal opposition. After being slated for the "Adult Achievement Award" in 1990 by the Chicago Youth Centers, Carrie Beatrice Ponder, appeared on the "Oprah Winfrey Show," Lifetime's talk show "Attitudes," the "Jenny Jones Show," "ABC This Morning," "CBS This Morning", the "Tim and Daphne Maxwell Reid Show," and the like for her accomplishments. Carrie Beatrice Ponder was also heralded by: USA Today, Ebony Magazine, Chicago Sun Times and the Chicago Tribune. On November 12, 2003 she lost her fight with cancer. Yet, it is because of her modest but great accomplishment that we have ventured to tell her story


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