Although finding jobs was harder for Blacks, the people interviewed rose to the challenge. They often began working at a young age. Some, although not able to go to college, were promoted to positions usually held by college graduates when their employers saw what they were capable of. They were often the first African Americans to hold a particular job. Others found the real pay was the pleasure of serving others. A few found the best solution was to start their own businesses.
The lack of role models made it more difficult to find good work. Most of the interviewees, when asked what advice they would give to young people, answered, "a good education." And many who couldn't go to college themselves were proud to be able to send their children to college.