Episode 4. Ms. Lorraine Washington: Tears Like Rain. Ms. Lorraine Washington suffered through the worst forms of segregation, intimidation, and voting prohibitions during the Jim Crow era. However, the promises [and failures] of job programs during the War on Poverty were equally frustrating. Graduation from such a program -- a nursing school – apparently only qualified her for janitorial work at a local hospital. The Adult Education Center not only lived up to its promise of meaningful employment but also helped her overcome a fear of public speaking…a fear so deep just the thought of speaking in public would cause her “to shed tears like rain.”
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