White House chief of black education is `passionate’ about his work

Friday, August 16, 2013

All through his years of schooling, David Johns was one of the few African-Americans in his classroom, from the high school in Los Angeles that was nearly an hourlong bus ride away — but that his mother insisted he attend — to Columbia University in New York.

Even when he taught elementary school in Manhattan, not a single black student sat behind one of the desks before him.

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