Evan Forde struggled in school while growing up in Miami-Dade. He got poor grades even though his parents were educators.
Now, he’s one of the few African American oceanographers in the country.
“I wanted to look the children in the eyes, and I wanted them to remember this day. And I wanted them to remember my story,” he said. “I was poorly behaved and a poor student. One day, I woke up thinking I could do whatever I want to do in this world, that I’m here for a reason.”