Four Questions With Freeman Hrabowski III

Four Questions With Freeman Hrabowski III

Freeman Hrabowski III, one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People," explains how blacks can excel in math and science.

Published April 26, 2012

(Photo: Courtesy University of Maryland)

Freeman Hrabowski III is called the general of math and science; he turned a commuter college about 15 minutes from Baltimore's Inner Harbor into one of the nation's leading sources for African Americans who receive Ph.D.s in science and engineering.

For 20 years now Hrabowski, a native of Birmingham, Ala., has been at the helm of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a college with about 13,000 students -- 40 percent minority. At age 12 Hrabowski was jailed in the children's marches in downtown Birmingham during the civil rights movement after coming face-to-face with Bull Connor, the infamous segregationist police commissioner, who spat in his face.

Those experiences, the 61-year-old Hrawbowski said, are part of the tapestry woven into him that created an even stronger resolve to succeed. Last week Time magazine named Hrabowski one of its "100 Most Influential People in the World." He's one of only four African Americans on the list this year, which also includes actress Viola Davis from The Help, President Barack Obama and singer Rihanna.

The Root talked with Hrabowski about his emphasis on African-American achievement and the success of African Americans in math and science.

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