RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
Today, how Larry Young went to college. He grew up a farmer's son in Tennessee in the 1940s, and he was determined to get off the farm. Here, Larry Young remembers putting that plan into motion when he tried to register for classes at a school nearby.
MONTAGNE: That's been over 19 years ago. She has two teenage kids, has a wonderful husband. She's an executive secretary today. That is the greatest thing I've ever done in my life. If you just put your arms around people, they will go forward in life - and that's my mission.
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MONTAGNE: Larry Young talking to his friend Clyde Cleveland in Detroit. He recorded his interview as part of StoryCorps Griot. That's a collection devoted to African-American stories to be housed at The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. All StoryCorps interviews are archived at the Library of Congress.
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