In this week's feature from the StoryCorps Griot Initiative, we hear from Larry Young, who tells friend Clyde Cleveland about the struggles he faced while earning his college degree in the early 1940s.
Young, who grew up on a farm in Tennessee, says his father expected he would become a farmer. But Young had a different idea.
He attended Tennessee State College, where he enrolled for $10. He graduated from Wilberforce University in 1946 and went on to the University of Detroit and Columbia University.
The StoryCorps Griot Initiative travels the country collecting the recollections of black Americans. Right now, the Story Corps Griot Booth is in Chicago; the next stop is Oakland, Calif.
On Tuesdays, News & Notes features one of these stories. To find out where the StoryGriot Initiative will be next, visit the StoryCorps website. To locate a StoryCorps recording booth, visit News & Notes' new blog, News & Views.
All the Griot recordings are archived at the Library of Congress. A copy of each interview will also go to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.
This week's segment was produced by Selly Thiam and senior producer Michael Garofalo.