Georges Dawson (1898-2001)
Georges Dawson was a grandson of slaves born in 1898. For the first 98 years of his life George Dawson could not read or write. He was persuaded that it was never too late to learn and turned out to be a remarkably able student. Dawson learned to read and even went on to study for his GED at the age of 103. He died on July 5, 2001, after suffering a stroke. He became a celebrity in the United States. Television programmes were made about his life. He was awarded honorary degrees by two universities. A school was named after him.