Monday, November 21, 2011

A Great Story within a Great Story

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski III, admittedly an unusual name for a black man (find out the origin of his name in the clip below). But Dr. Hrabowski's contributions are also unique, at least in my opinion.  Since 1992 he has been President of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, a university that produces graduates in math and engineering at a rate of some 42%, in time when our country does not produce enough math and engineering majors.

But that isn't Dr. Hrabowski's only distinction. 

As a 12 year old,  Freeman Hrabowski, who grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, participated in the iconic marches which ultimately led to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. 

He was a childhood friend of Cynthia McNair, one of the four girls killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in September of 1963. I first came to know of Hrabowski through Spike Lee's excellent documentary on this event, '4 Little Girls'.

I thought you might enjoy the documentary so I've provided it below. If you have never seen the it or don't know of this seminal event in America's history, you owe it to yourself to learn the story and the lives impacted by this tragedy. It is clear that it changed the trajectory of some lives and fortunately, the impact on the life of Freeman Hrabowski III put him on a pathway to undergird the lives of young people with education and purpose. 

A great story, that has yielded great stories!

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