Up from the Projects

Up from the Projects

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Nationally syndicated columnist and prolific author Walter E. Williams recalls some of the highlights and turning points of his life. From his lower middle class beginnings in a mixed but predominantly black neighborhood in West Philadelphia to his department chair at George Mason University, Williams tells an a€œonly in Americaa€ story of a life of achievement. Williams describes the influences of his early yearsa€”such as the teachers who demanded his best efforts and made no excuses for hima€”and tells how his two years in the army became an important part of his maturation process, in spite of the racism he encountered. He recounts his early time getting established in Los Angelesa€”getting his B.A., going on to grad school at UCLA, and beginning his teaching career. And he tells how his subsequent move to the Urban Institute in Washington opened his eyes to how decisions are really made in D.C. When he recounts ultimately accepting his professorship appointment at George Mason University, the author marvels that a€œI never thought Ia€™d be working there thirty years later.a€ And throughout the book, Willams refers to the immeasurable contribution of his wife of 48 years, who shared his vision through hard work and love.I didna#39;t win; my essay was judged fourth best. Disappointed, I left the ... He said that although I hadna#39;t won the scholarship, I should apply for admission to UCLAa#39;s graduate school. He pointed out that as far ... At Heading West for Opportunity 75.

Title:Up from the Projects
Author:Walter E. Williams
Publisher:Hoover Press - 2010-12-01


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