Last night, prior to a board meeting, the trustees of Harlem Academy met with the school’s soon-to-be-graduating eighth grade class. The marvelous young lady with whom I spoke at some length will be heading off to a school in Massachusetts next year; she hopes to become a physician some day.
She asked me to explain why I work with this school, and why on a voluntary basis. Her attitude was one of genuine, polite curiosity.
I told her that the idea that everybody should have a chance to accomplish important things is one of the noblest characteristics of our country – it’s one of the values that bring us together. We are a nation of strivers, and fervent believers in merit.
Harlem Academy provides bright young people from underprivileged, inner-city backgrounds with a truly first class e...Read More