Today the NPR afternoon news program All things considered carried a story from the Code Switch project that focuses on stories that include race and transformation.
Like the men in this picture, it told about music being used as a means to reach the American dream. There were two low-income students who were the first in their family to attend college, Jackson State, a traditionally black university in Mississippi. The title Sonic Boom, refers to the marching band that is the pride
and joy of the university and which these students were struggling as first year first generation college attendees to become graduates. the story reminds me of my own struggle many years ago at Howard University another traditionally black institution where I was a freshman with limited financial means. I am certain a lot of people will identify so I wanted to share this story.