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Homeless Black Boy Beats the Odds in Atlanta, Graduates from High School (video)

“Sunday morning at Booker T. Washington , hundreds of seniors lined up for an academic awards ceremony. All the students are smart and special, but maybe none more so than Fred Dukes. With a 3.0 grade point average and a score of 24 out of 36 on the ACT test, teachers said he’s plenty smart. And he accomplished all that despite being and without family support. “I am very proud I stuck with it and didn’t give up,” said Dukes. Two years ago, Duke’s stepmother moved back to for a job, but he stayed behind. But he said that meant going about life alone and staying with any friend he could. “Me and my friend Malcolm kind of compromised to where I could lay my head on his back if I needed to,” said Dukes.” –

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