The Today Show reports:
When most kids start their freshman year of college, it takes some time to get used to the small, cramped living spaces and to sharing a bathroom with a dozen people.
But not James Ward. The Howard University student spent much of his childhood homeless, alternating between shelters and the street in LA’s dangerous Skid Row neighborhood. “I used to hide it from people,” James admits. “But now, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized there was nothing to be embarrassed (about) to begin with.”
James’ journey to college began when Jessica Sutherland, who volunteers at LA’s Union Rescue Mission, found out that James had been accepted to Howard but couldn’t afford to go. Howard, the nation’s most prestigious HBCU (historically black college or university) boasts alums including Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, and Academy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson.