Education: Artist in Human Relations

"If you don't behave," Chicago teachers used to warn Negro pupils, "I'll send you to Dunbar." Ramshackle Dunbar Trade School on Chicago's South Side was little better than a reform school. Nobody preened himself on winning a Dunbar diploma, or stood much chance of landing a job with one. Then Clifford J. Campbell came along.

Cliff Campbell was a young Negro from Washington, D.C., a onetime Pullman porter and redcap, whom the depression had sidetracked from architecture into schoolteaching. In 1942, when war industries were begging for skilled workers, the Chicago school board looked around for a man who could perk up...

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