Education: Urban 4-H

Remember the pink-cheeked farm kids in 4-H clubs, fussing over prize pinafores and pulchritudinous pigs? Forget it. These days the largest county 4-H program in the U.S. involves 16,000 young people in Indianapolis, the nation's eleventh largest city. More than a third of the participants are poor, black or both, and when they learn sewing they sometimes discuss black history and make African-style dashikis. They may not know a shoat from a gilt, but they do know that when pork gets to a supermarket, sausage is cheaper per serving than spareribs.

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