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September 26, 2003

Roger Wilkins
"That is what we need more than anything
in our inner cities. These cities
with these poor kids, and the neighborhoods that these kids live in,
have been denuded of the black middle class.
They have virtually no strength.
And these parents, many of them,
do not have the skills
to be what they are,
which is the first educators of their children."

-- Roger Wilkins, speaking about
inequalities in education
during a Sept. 17 campus lecture
on the 50th anniversary of the
Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka Supreme Court ruling

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