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Nestled in a poor Dallas neighborhood, Paul Quinn College aims to be a national model for overcoming poverty

A historically black college that was once on the brink of closure is combining work requirements and academics in hopes of discovering new solutions to poverty.

Paul Quinn College in Dallas is attempting to ease its students out of poverty by becoming the nation’s first urban work col…
Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell teaches his problem-solving class. Students are challenged to find a problem on…
Paul Quinn College student Aden Jemaneh and the rest of the class listen to President Sorrell during his class on problem so…
Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell takes a call in his office on Nov. 11 2019.

Creating a path forward

Paul Quinn College senior Chaze Sanders studies at the library on Nov. 11, 2019.

Centered on students

LaMontria Edwards points at Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell during his weekly class on problem solving on Nov. …
Radishes from a garden at the We Over Me farm at Paul Quinn College, an initiative started by the Michael Sorrell on Nov. 11…
Arthur McDade IV waters the We Over Me farm greenhouse as part of his working program at Paul Quinn College on Nov. 11, 2019.

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