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NPR 08-20:Launching a Life with $10 and a Dream10美元支撑起

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With $10 and a will to do whatever it took, Larry Young left the farm and set off for college

Time now for StoryCorps, recording1 your stories across the country. Today, how Larry Young went to college. He grew up a farmer’s son in Tennessee in the 1940s and he was determined2 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.

My dad, he wanted me to be a farmer. I didn’t want to be a farmer. So he wouldn’t help me in school. So I put myself through school. I had 10 dollars and I walked up to bursar's office, threw my two five-dollar bills up there on the counter and I never shall forget. The bursar said what do you plan to do. I said, well, I plan to make something out of mysel. He saw this country boy, took me over to the side. He didn’t want to embarrass me. He said but you can’t go to school with 10 dollars. I said but I gotta go to school. So he took me to the dean, and he said here is a young man who's trying to go to school with ten dollars. What can we do for him?

He said can you drive a truck?

And I said yes.

I couldn’t drive a truck, never drove. I couldn’t drive a car, let alone a truck. So he gave me a job of hauling trash from one of the girls’ dormitory over to the incinerator. I didn’t know what I was doing, but by the grace of God, I did it. That took care of my tuition, but they didn’t know I didn’t have a place to stay. I went up on the third floor in the dormitory, and slept between two mattresses3. And one morning, the matron of the dormitory came up and saw me and it scared her. She took me before the discipline committee. Two women, I shall never forget, both of them broke down and cried when I told them my story.

And from that day forward, I never looked back . They gave me everything that I needed. And that’s why I have always felt that as long as I live, I was gonna use my life to reach out and touch another life with hope. And I was the first African American to be director of the Bureau of Food Sanitation4 for the city Detroit Health Department.

There was a young lady who came to the Health Department to work with us from Northern High School. She was hostile. She didn’t wanna be anything. She came from a family of seven, some of them were on drugs. And she had every right to be mad. So I sat her down and I talked to her. I said you see this big desk here, it wasn’t designed for me. You see these drapes, they weren’t designed for me. Do you see these fingers, way back in the South, in the sticks, I picked cotton. But you see where I am today, and she became a different person. She said Mr. Young when I finished high school would you help me to get a job? I hired that young lady. It's been over 19 years ago, she has two teenage kids, has a wonderful husband. She is an executive secretary today. That is the greatest thing I have ever done in my life. If you just put your arms around people, they will go forward in life. And that’s my mission.

Larry Young, talking to his friend, Clyde Cleveland in Detroit. He recorded his interview as part of StoryCorps Griot. That’s a collection devoted5 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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1 recording UktzJj     
n.录音,记录
参考例句:
  • How long will the recording of the song take?录下这首歌得花多少时间?
  • I want to play you a recording of the rehearsal.我想给你放一下彩排的录像。
2 determined duszmP     
adj.坚定的;有决心的
参考例句:
  • I have determined on going to Tibet after graduation.我已决定毕业后去西藏。
  • He determined to view the rooms behind the office.他决定查看一下办公室后面的房间。
3 mattresses 985a5c9b3722b68c7f8529dc80173637     
褥垫,床垫( mattress的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The straw mattresses are airing there. 草垫子正在那里晾着。
  • The researchers tested more than 20 mattresses of various materials. 研究人员试验了二十多个不同材料的床垫。
4 sanitation GYgxE     
n.公共卫生,环境卫生,卫生设备
参考例句:
  • The location is exceptionally poor,viewed from the sanitation point.从卫生角度来看,这个地段非常糟糕。
  • Many illnesses are the result,f inadequate sanitation.许多疾病都来源于不健全的卫生设施。
5 devoted xu9zka     
adj.忠诚的,忠实的,热心的,献身于...的
参考例句:
  • He devoted his life to the educational cause of the motherland.他为祖国的教育事业贡献了一生。
  • We devoted a lengthy and full discussion to this topic.我们对这个题目进行了长时间的充分讨论。
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