Meanwhile, the "kids," as Kozol likes to call them, stay in touch and close to his heart.

"Many of them are my closest friends. They are my equals now. . . . And I think the greatest reward I've received is to see this lovely turnaround, where the kids that I helped when they were little are now there to help me, in my later years of life."

JONATHAN KOZOL | Memorial Church, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge | September 19 @ 7:30 pm | Sponsored by Citizens for Public Schools. To register online and obtain tickets, go to  http://www.citizensforpublicschools.org

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