America's Roundtable

Virginia Walden Ford | A Champion of School Choice | Miss Virginia Movie | Opportunity Scholarship Program

August 10th, 2020

Listen to America's Roundtable co-hosted by Natasha Srdoc and Joel Anand Samy with special guest Virginia Walden Ford — a leading advocate and champion for school choice in America. While she was raising her three children in Washington, D.C., Virginia was shocked that so many children were forced to attend failing, crumbling schools simply because they lived in the “wrong” ZIP codes. Virginia Walden Ford then founded a grassroots movement in Washington, DC, that led to the passage of the "Opportunity Scholarship Program" for low-income children in Washington, DC. Today, her efforts are bringing hope to children and parents especially within the Black and Hispanic communities and inspiring parents. | |

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The Miss Virginia Movie

Based on a true story, a struggling inner-city mother sacrifices everything to give her son a good education and launches a movement that could save his future - and that of thousands like him. Available NOW on over 1,000 streaming platforms, including Apple TV, Netflix, Google Play, and Amazon Prime Video. See additional platforms at


MISS VIRGINIA’s stellar cast - Emmy® winner Uzo Aduba, Golden Globe nominee Matthew Modine, Emmy® nominee Vanessa Williams, Emmy® nominee Aunjanue Ellis, Amirah Vann, Emmy® nominee Adina Porter and Niles Fitch. Directed by: R.J. Daniel Hanna

About Virginia Walden Ford - From Miss Virginia Movie (

“Being a part of this fight for educational excellence was hard — certainly something I had never thought I’d be involved in — but when I looked at my children and my neighbors’ children, I felt compelled to continue. It was scary sometimes, but I believed then and I believe now that it was the right thing to do… for all of our kids.” — Virginia Walden Ford

MISS VIRGINIA is inspired by the story of Virginia Walden Ford, a struggling single mother from a low-income neighborhood in Washington, DC. Affectionately called “Miss Virginia” and “the Education Lady” by neighborhood children, Virginia fought to create a scholarship program for her at-risk son and children like him. And she won.

Virginia grew up in the deep South. Her world changed when the Supreme Court decided the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education, which famously concluded that “separate educational facilities” for white and black children were “inherently unequal.”

Virginia’s fight for her son and other at-risk kids forced her to become a warrior. She had to overcome deep inner doubts about whether she could actually do what she had set out to do — and almost crippling fear that she would let down the parents and kids whose hopes and dreams depended on her.

In 2004, after years of activism, Virginia secured legislation that gave thousands of impoverished, largely minority children access to safe, high-quality schools. Many have since gone on to college and rewarding careers, an outcome that would have been unimaginable without the educational boost Virginia’s law provided.

Now, MISS VIRGINIA captures Virginia’s indomitable spirit on screen. The film will inspire audiences to do their utmost to secure their children’s essential civil right—the right to an education.


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