William & Mary Student on Oprah Show
A William and Mary sophomore from Richmond is in Chicago today taping a segment of the Oprah Winfrey Show that will air on Friday.
Danny Yates will be joined by Kenneth Henshaw, President of the I Have a Dream Foundation of Richmond. The two will be recognized for their efforts to help college students who survived the earthquake in Haiti, but lost their schools.
Yates was in the little town of Hinche when the quake hit Port au Prince, about 50 miles away. He helped organize immediate relief efforts and later the Hinche Scholars Project with help from Henshaw.
The project is a partnership with the historically black Barber Scotia College in North Carolina, which agreed to provide scholarships. Yates, a graduate of the Maggie Walker Governor’s School, said in an interview on WCVE:
Yates: We're working on the intellectual infrastructure. We're looking for advocacy, of course donations, endorsements from politicians, the whole "teach a man to fish" mentality and the sustainability.
Currently, the Hinche Scholars Project is working to obtain visas, health insurance and funding for the students.
John Ogle, WCVE News