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College Opportunities / Harvard Help #1263

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 13, 1968
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(Studio) Harvard student group searches for young Negroes suitable for college but without money. Report on recruiting.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Louisville, Kentucky) Chuck Abernathy, 21, from working class family in Nashville, Tennessee, and Harvard student. Doug Poland, 17, comes from poor family. Abernathy and Il others finding young men with academic potential and no money and helping them go to college. Abernathy joins blacks in basketball. [ABERNATHY - says students well-prepared for college due to Upward Bound program. Describes where field representatives are. Says he is interested in urban and poverty problems.] Poland has studied for college for 3 summers; can only go if financed. [ABERNATHY - says Doug has very high I.Q. and has good potential.] [POLAND - says scared people won't accept him for what he is.] Chuck picks 5 who will go West to college. [ABERNATHY - asks what did they 1st think of program.] [BLACK - says thought it was program where rich guy who didn't know anything tried to help poor.] [POLAND - says it was hard to believe at 1st. Thought it was fad.] Money must now be raised for tuition and homes for students must be found. Reporter commends Abernathy and others.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter;
Smith, Howard K.

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