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Remarkable Person: Kerrie Holley

Remarkable Person: Kerrie Holley

As a simple linear equation, Kerrie Holley's past wouldn't add up to his present. Holley was born on the South Side into "the stereotypical life of a black youth — never met my father, grew up poor in a neighborhood with gangs, never lived with my mother, though I knew my mother, was raised by her mother," he said. Two variables altered his slope. First, math and science came easily to him. Second, Holley found his way to Sue Duncan Children's Center, first being tutored and then tutoring — including future U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan — until he left Chicago at age 28 with a bachelor's degree in math and a law degree from DePaul...