"I Was a Nobody"
Published in Inside - Volume XI, No.3
11/10/2005 11:52:29 AM
"One thing you can never measure is a kid without a dream." That was how Congressman Charles B. Rangel chose to open a two day symposium packed with statistical measures of the impact of inadequate education on society.
Rangel, the ranking member of the
Rangel enlisted in the Army and served in Korea for four years, earning the rank of Sergeant and winning a Purple Heart and a bronze Star. "I had more self-esteem than anyone in the U.S," he said, but added that his bubble burst when he returned to the States: "I was a nobody." It was that realization that led him to finish high school, attend
Even then, he could never forget where he came from. Up for a job as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, the future lawmaker was nearly undone when well-meaning friendsand neighbors in
Rangel told his audience that failed education policies, and not terrorism or
Pledging his ongoing support for The Campaign for educational equity, Rangel closed with an exhortation for continued action: "I hope all of us remember this as the day when Teachers College made up your minds that you weren't going to take it anymore."previous page