Keeping a Sense of Commitment

"You Can Change Lives for the Better"

Among the seven graduates that TIME profiled in its cover story on the class of '68 18 years ago were Vernon Ford of Northwestern, Liz Stevens of Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., and David Shapiro of Columbia. To see how they have maintained their sense of social commitment while coping with the pressures of family and career at mid-life, TIME Correspondents Elizabeth Taylor and Cathy Booth sought out the three Baby Boomers. Their report:

Rebuilding a Neighborhood

Vernon Ford went to Northwestern in 1964 to study and play basketball and became a black-power militant. Today Ford, 39, is living in the...

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