Obama visit validates hard work of Tenn. graduates (AP) – 1492th Edition

15 05 2011

In this May 10, 2011 photo, principal Alisha Kiner poses for a photo in the lobby of Booker T. Washington High School, in Memphis, Tenn. An academic turnaround at the urban school with a rich tradition of educating African-Americans has earned graduating seniors a commencement address on Monday, May 16, from President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)AP – Senior year presented a crossroads for William Cain, the man of the house with an absentee father at 19 years old: Drop out of high school after his mother was assaulted and his house burned down, or keep working toward his diploma in a community burdened with high crime, intense poverty and broken families.

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