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The president of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Freeman Hrabowski, was profiled on CBS’s 60 Minutes last night in a segment that focused on the great work he’s done in the areas of science and math at his university.

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The opening line of the piece: “We met a man with an unusual name you’ve probably never heard of, but his message about education and America’s future is something we thought you should know.”

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Correspondent Byron Pitts then asked Hrabowski a question I was certainly wondering: How did a black man wind up with the name Hrabowski?

“My grandfather’s grandfather was the Polish slave master in rural Alabama,” Hrabowski said.

“I am the third, Freeman Hrabowski the third,” the good president said. “And my grandfather was the first one born a free man as opposed to having to be freed.”

Hrabowski became president of the university in 1992.

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