Rev. Eugene S. Callender: Nobody Is A Nobody - Page 3
“My main concern was that the youngsters that I was working with at the time were not going to school. Those that did go to school came out not knowing how to read or write intelligently. So, I went right to work on helping them. We started what we called a street academy; it was for youngsters who dropped out of high school. It was put together with 14 different schools that were supported by major corporations in New York City. They put up $50,000 per corporation and work from people at the corporations, even a foundation in Indianapolis had paid for some more people. By the way, all of the people who helped us were Caucasian. Together, we gave these kids good training, we worked to help all the high school dropouts that we could. The place to find them was at the time was at basketball park.”
It wasn’t long before there were 14 street academies, helping over 2,000 students attend college, several of which hold key positions in U.S. government.
“It was an amazing achievement.”
I asked Rev. Callender what he would like to say to today’s youngster. Here is his response.
“Nobody is a Nobody. Never give up, and have faith.”
Rev. Eugene S. Callender, one of the bold, brave and courageous men in the struggle for equality, is a man to be celebrated.
If you want a good read about history, this book is more than worth your time.