Education: Intellectual Black Power

Not many college presidents are like Charles G. Hurst Jr.—yet. He is a high school dropout who was a husband and father at 15. He has been a boxer, ditch digger, janitor, foundry hand and crane operator, and has served four months and 14 days in a North Carolina jail for being caught with bootleg liquor. Now 43, he delivers evangelistic speeches to his student body, garbed in dashikis, while from a gold chain around his neck hangs a carved African-style tiki in the form of a clenched fist.

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