Vickie McBride gave birth to her son, Maurice, at the age of 13. Even though whispers spread throughout her town of Waynesboro, Ga, with the help of her mother, Vicki continued her education. She made it to college and graduate school all while raising Maurice and eventually 3 other children. “As a teenager I continued my education. That was never an option,” explained Vickie. She made it to college and graduate school all while raising Maurice and eventually 3 other children.
“I had to figure out how to work and how to parent and how to manage school all at the same time.” she said. Maurice had his own struggles growing up as well. At just 16 years old he dropped out of high school. “[I] started hanging out with some of the wrong people and got into some trouble,” he explained. After having run ins with the law, he knew he had to do something with his life. He said, “I picked up the bible and I started reading and I was like it all makes sense. I see how it actually comes to fruition. I see how I ended up here.” He got his GED and then pursued a music career. He signed a record deal with Capital Records, but he never stopped his education. It was something that was instilled in him by his mother and grandmother. “As a recording artist I also attended school online,” said Maurice. He kept going after he left the music world.
He went on to graduate school, becoming a professor at Paine College and then one day he called his mom. “I said ‘hey I think I’m gonna get my PhD. You wanna do this with me?’ ‘No that’s okay. You bumped your head, but you can go ahead and you can do it. I’m done with school’,” he recalled.
This past August, the McBrides both received their PhDs from Capella University. Dr. Vickie McBride graduated with her PhD in K-12 Education and Dr. Maurice McBride in Organizational Management. “I was so proud of him because I knew where he had come from,” said Vickie. “This is who she really is despite what she’s been through,” said Maurice. “This is how I’ve always seen her and now I’m like ‘hey look this is her’ with the cape and the supermommy uniform.” And they want their story to be a lesson to those struggling now. “For those who have gone through [tough situations]. You can be successful. You can be anything. You can do anything once you make up your mind that that is what you want to do. Set a goal and go for it,” said Vickie. The McBrides are both educators, Vickie teaches middle school and college in Virginia and Maurice is a professor of business at Paine College. It looks as though Maurice has his eyes set on law school, but when he asked his mother to attend with him, she said she’ll have to sit that one out.
This story is just amazing, as long as you still have breathe in your body and the Lord has given you another day, you can do whatever you put your mind to!