This chapter focuses on Susie Powell, a native of Whitakers, a small town in eastern North Carolina, and a student at Bennett College, who scribbled a brief note in her diary. She was one of a group of student volunteers selected by the North Carolina Fund as foot soldiers in the battle against poverty. Powell and her compatriots in the North Carolina Volunteers, dubbed the “First One Hundred” by the state's press, had just finished a three-day orientation at Duke University. They had spent their days in classrooms, listening to professors and public officials describe to them the poor and the causes of poverty, and in the evenings they had discussed with a mix of excitement and apprehension the work that lay ahead.
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