POPLARVILLE, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from PRCC
Poplarville - ABC News reporter and anchor John Quiñones brought his personal story of the life-changing power of education to Pearl River Community College on Thursday, Oct. 9.
Quiñones grew up in a Mexican neighborhood of San Antonio, spoke no English when he went to first grade and spent part of his teenage years as a migrant farm worker but, through education, became an Emmy Award winner and host of the Primetime series What Would You Do?
His presentation at PRCC was part of the Honors Lecture series sponsored by the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation.
"Take that first step," Quiñones said. "It doesn't matter if you can't see the whole staircase - take that first step."
Although his family has been in Texas for seven generations, Quiñones grew up in a Spanish-speaking family and didn't learn English until he was in school. When he was 13, his father lost his job and the family joined a caravan of migrant workers, picking cherries in Michigan and tomatoes in Ohio.