“He is a trailblazer because 75,000 African American, black and brown students, were able to access post-secondary opportunities that they, under normal circumstances, would not have been able to access.” – Venise Hardy, Vice President of Educational Services at Ada S. McKinley, speaks about her mentor and predecessor Silas Purnell.

56 Years Later, Program Founded on South Side to Help Students Attend College Still Going Strong
February 26, 2022
WTTW – Chicago PBS
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