the good road
Alabama Village, Alabama: Light of the Village

Earl Bridges and Craig Martin travel to Alabama Village, a small community only a few miles outside of Mobile, but seemingly worlds apart. It is an impoverished and often violent community largely ignored by the world around it. But not by everyone... while there, Craig and Earl meet John and Dolores (D-Lo) Eads. John and D-Lo have a community center and church called ​Light of the Village. In their 15 years serving the people of Alabama Village and the surrounding communities they have buried more than 30 of the young people who have been through their program due to gun violence. This is a violent, desperately poor community surrounded by drugs, crime, and few legitimate work opportunities. And yet with the suthe port of Light of the Village program people like Jesse Darrington have a chance at escaping the cycles of crime and violence. The Good Road team follows the life of Jesse as he makes his way through his senior year of high school and out of Alabama Village. Along the way, they meet Da'Cino Dees. Da'Cino is a role model for Jesse who explains what it's like to grow up in "The Village" and why it's important for Jesse to leave. The road out wasn't easy for Jesse though and along the way he loses the most important person in his life, his mother, to the same violence he is trying to escape. Craig and Earl are genuinely worried about what will happen to Jesse during this most trying time. Then, Jesse and the other youth of Light of the Village show true compassion by turning their attention to those even less fortunate than they are. They volunteer and then raise money for a mission trip doing philanthropic work in the poor Mexican border-town of Ciudad ​Juarez​. This is a big moment for Jesse, and after returning home, and with the support of Da'Cino, John, and Delores, Jesse becomes the first in his family to graduate High School, and take the first real steps towards a college education.

Episode Duration: 26 minutes and 16 seconds

Episode Number: 103

NHPBS Over-the-Air Broadcast

WENH-TV Ch. 11 Durham

WLED-TV Ch. 48 Littleton

WEKW-TV Ch. 18 Keene

W50DP-D Ch. 50 Hanover

W34DQ-D Ch. 34 Pittsburg

Cable and Satellite Channels

NHPBS NHPBS Passport Passport

Ridley Road | Episode 1
Ask This Old House | E27 | DIY Birdbath, Newel Post Repair | Ask This Old House
This Old House | E27 | Saratoga Legacy Restored | Tour of Saratoga Springs
The Trick | The Trick
Antiques Roadshow | Natural Wonders
Sanditon | Episode 6
Nature | American Arctic
Great Performances | Now Hear This
Chamber Music Society Returns | Bringing Down the House
Rise of the Nazis | Barbarossa
Finding Your Roots | Watchmen
Benjamin Franklin |
Big Sonia | Big Sonia
Austin City Limits | ACL Presents: Americana 20th Annual Honors
American Experience | Zoot Suit Riots
Poetry in America | Sonnet IV; I shall forget you presently, my dear, by Millay
America's Test Kitchen | Italian-Inspired Dinners
Before We Die | Episode 1
Unguarded | Unguarded
America ReFramed | Fannie Lou Hamer's America
Yndi Yoga | YNDI Flow for the Knees, Back and Hips
An Evening with Lerner and Loewe - Broadway in Concert | An Evening with Lerner and Loewe - Broadway in Concert
NOVA | Great Mammoth Mystery
Around the World in 80 Days | Episode 8
Local, USA | Heaven: Can You Hear Me?
Christina Cooks: Back to the Cutting Board | Mangia Fagioli
Second Opinion with Joan Lunden | Antibiotic Resistance
Just a Mortal Man: The Jerry Lawson Story | Just a Mortal Man: The Jerry Lawson Story
Independent Lens | Owned: A Tale of Two Americas
POV | Not Going Quietly
Stars on Stage from Westport Country Playhouse | Brandon Victor Dixon