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August 6th, 2010
12:50 PM ET

Mission Possible: "Honored and Humbled"

It's not easy out there. Joblessness. Sickness. Poverty. War. You name it. You turn on the TV and you see it – especially when you turn on the news. It's hard to avoid it. No matter what city or what country you live in. So our small team here on the Ali Velshi Show wanted to take a little piece of our television real estate and devote it to people you may otherwise never meet who in small ways are doing great things. People who are doing things that you could do in your community to affect change. Things we believe are scalable. We call it Mission Possible.  I'm going to try to write a little about these people each day. Today, we met Deonte Bridges. He is the first black, male valedictorian at Booker T Washington High School in Atlanta, Georgia in 10 years. Deonte caught our attention because his small speech caught some big attention and now is a You Tube sensation. (You can see it for yourself below). Deonte's mother is dying of leukemia. Deonte's brother died. He's survived an armed robbery. He lives in a tough neighborhood during tough times.

Deonte didn't tell people his story though because he didn't want people to feel sorry for him. He graduated with a 3.9 GPA and is now the recipient of scholarships totaling over one million dollars. That's all I really need to write here though because Deonte tells his story best, right here in his own words:

Deonte Bridges\' Speech

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