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henry tisdale: it was very important to gain,to be involved in a collaboration, because i just believe that the idea of educatingafrican-american males to teach in the elementary school was really novel, very innovative,and very challenging. and when there is a challenge, i believe that a collaborationis the best way to attack it. david swinton: really it was at the beginning,when the program was starting , we had some conversions to the president of clemson atthe time, who said he had an interest in this new program. james barker: well i think call me misteris one of the best ideas clemson has ever had. and we are very proud to be the birthplaceof this program, and equally proud to have

such terrific founding partners as the threeinstitutions in south carolina, historically black, private institutions. and we thoughtwe made a terrific team. david swinton: again, we basically felt thatinitiative was important. and all of those folks, and clemson was taking the lead inthis, were interested in this. clemson had no undergraduate education program, so theyneeded some institutions to collaborate with them in order to provide undergraduate education.it wasn’t a hard sell, i mean we are all, that is what we do. we in the business oftraining and educating people, and teaching, as you know. henry tisdale: and here we were bringing togetherhistorically black colleges who had a great

legacy in educating african americans to teachin our schools, and a research university who would help us to capture the knowledgethat we had gained over the years, and could gain in this program. luns richardson: and for them to go and teachat the elementary level, that’s a great thing for those little boys and girls to seethis black male who is well educated, who is articulate, and who is patient, and whois willing to work with them. they just almost worship these teachers! james barker: imagine the impact that we arealready having, and imagine what we are going to have as we get the full component intothe public school system. what impact it’s

having is simply that it’s changing theculture of public higher education in south carolina and public elementary education inour state. i mean, to change a culture is a major effort, but i believe these youngmen are doing that. and i say that because i have a firsthand account. my wife is a,is a teacher. she is not teaching now because she is full time as the first lady. but shehas taught 7th grade and also preschool for a number of years; directed a preschool programin our state. and she went to see one of the earlier misters, a couple of them, in someelementary schools. and she was astounded by it. she said, i have never been in classroomsas good as that, ever. i was just, to hear her excitement after taking those visits,helped me understand that that culture is

in fact changing. that somehow these youngmen have been accepted by their colleagues and teachers in the school system. they havebeen held up as award winners for their teaching. that is exactly the kind of role models wehoped would come from this program. doris buffett: uh, the first program i wasever involved in, and that was call me mister. and i am so pleased that it has not only,it still exists, but it is flourishing, because it was a marvelous idea, and really the peopleworking on it. and i met some of the misters some years ago, right here in wilmington,they came to wilmington, as a matter of fact. robert hitt: i grew up in south carolina,i grew up on the coast, and i am about 60 years old now, so i was around in the 60swhen change started to come, and realizing

how important it is, and my strong beliefin role models. the concept of call me mister was a natural fit in my view. it is somethingtangible people can understand. when you look at the statistics and realize the dearth ofafrican american males in the elementary school system, as role models, and the importanceof role models in my view, it was such a natural fit. it was something that you can sort ofsee and touch and go, oh, i get that. that makes plenty of sense. kendall alley: we enjoy funding organizationsthat make a difference, because we want to be an organization that makes a difference.we thought the call me mister program had a chance to be a real difference-maker. sowhen we put our money behind that, it was

because we believed that they could do somethingthat would change the direction that was happening for a lot of the young kids across america.and by being able to put people into the roles that the mister program targets, it bringsgreat role models and great leadership into an area in education that needs it. phyllis buchanan: dupont decided early o tosupport the call me mister program for several reasons. dupont has a long history of supportingeducation at national levels. they want to be good citizens in the communities wherethey operate, and they want to address the need of the shortages of teachers from diversebackgrounds. frank wideman: foundations are always concernedabout return on investment. and many times

we will make a grant that we question whetheror not it made a difference or not. but call me mister is something where we have seena tangible result as a result of our investment. james barker: sometimes people use the economictimes we are in as an excuse. i don’t think in our mission there is anything in thomasgreen clemson’s will that says we want you to do this only in the good times. he didn’tgive us an excuse when things were tight. in fact, he created those phrases at the endof the civil war when the economy in this state was probably as bad as it has ever been.so we don’t feel like we have any , any release from responsibilities, and i don’tthink any of us who support programs like call me mister ought to feel like we havea pass now that times are tough. i think now

more than ever we want people to join us inthis effort, and we believe that the need is greater now than it has ever been.

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