In true Wittenberg spirit, Davis has been purchasing tickets for homeless members of the Columbus community to view the movie, Pursuit of Happyness, the true story of a once-homeless single father who eventually became a successful stock broker. Inspired by a previous Oprah Winfrey Show titled "Pay It Forward," Davis has been taking approximately 10 people each week from area homeless shelters to see the film, which stars Will Smith and has been nominated for two Golden Globe awards.
Davis sent an e-mail to Winfrey's Web site saying how inspired she was, and she received a response offering a camcorder to record what she was doing. After providing the footage, the show's producers decided to send a camera crew to Columbus to film Davis and her family with the homeless residents at a showing of the movie on Saturday, Jan. 20.
"It was an amazing experience – crazy-fun," Davis said.
The owner of the Drexel Theatre in Columbus has been extremely generous as well, offering to give Davis' group a discounted price and working with Sony Pictures to extend its run in the theatre. Family members and friends also have helped defray costs of the four trips to the movies.
Davis' inspiring story is one of several that will be featured on a show titled "Good News." A Columbus resident with her husband, Marcus, and 14-month-old daughter, La'lah, Davis said she plans to tape the show and then watch it with family and friends after work.
By: Ryan Maurer and Phyllis Eberts
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