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treated and released last week. "america tonight" with joie chen is up next. and you can always get the latest on our website, check out aljazeera.com. ♪ bargain chips? the violent terror group holding girls hostage in nigeria ignites worldwide demands for the girls release now. could boko haram be ready to make a deal? also tonight where do babies come from? an american couple with an egg donor in london, a surrogate in india, and in any pa any nepal.
>> you'll find families will go as far as possible to get a baby. >> how just a pulse of water could help a fragile ecosystem to once again go with the flow. >> how we overuse nature but what we're doing here is how we can change our relationship with nature, no? >> and good evening, thanks for joining us, i'm joie chen. almost a month to the day after hundreds of girls taken from their schools in nigeria, a sign that many are alive.
opportunity watchfulness of armed men, presumably boko haram who abducted them. while experts credit pour over the video for clues, sheila macvicar with more. >> these are the first pictures of some of the girls abducted from their school in northern nigeria nearly a month ago. girls sitting in a clearing, wearing something they were not taken in. menacingly in the corner, an armed guard standing watch. the leader of boko haram taunts with a grin. >> these girls, these girls, you occupy yourself with their affair. we have indeed libertie liberat.
these girls are muslims, they are muslims. >> the covering on his face assures them they can gain no information about him. in this video he suggests a swap. >> it has now been four years or five years that you have arrested our brethren and they are still in your prison. you are doing many things to them. and now you are talking about these girls. we will not release them until you release our brethren. >> reporter: boko haram has attacked schools, churches and markets across northern nigeria. killing as many as 1500 just since the beginning of this year. even reaching to the capitol, abuja, the loathing of schools and schoolchildren particularly targets. forcing the closure of dozens of schools and out of education. only at school to write an
important exam, the girls like thousands of others have been sent home to their families. >> this is a clear case of mismanagement of a small group of bandits. who have been allowed, you know, to really grow into a monday stros terrorismondaysa monstrou. >> summary executions and disappearances. kamar is a researcher with amnesty international. >> it's been january to june, 900 victims died in military custody. we promise to investigate. have glg. >> reporter: nothing has come of the promised government investigations. freed several hundred detainees, the military regained control.
amnesty international says hundreds of people most of them unarmed were then killed. >> we have to say that as a strong bond, our community are between the nigerian army and the communities. >> reporter: the military also holds the wives and children of are victims hostages. including the family of abu bakar. some are relatives of the missing girls including this man who asked that his identity be protected. two of his nieces, he says, are among the kidnapped. he didn't see them on the video. >> when i saw them, the way that they appeared, i was really sad. why i was sad? because that is not how our daughters will appear. and that is, if that means their human rights have been enfringed upon. >> nigeria's are credit government are claims to have
sent hundreds to the north to search for girls but that effort comes a month late and only after growing international pressure. sheila macvicar, are al jazeera. >> on what it will take to negotiate with boko haram, we're borne by shea hasani. we appreciate your being with us. this latest suggestion from boko haram that they would be willing to negotiate some sort of agreement, does this represent a change in thought on behalf the part of boko haram? >> i don't think it's a change of thought. what we need towns clearly is these abduction he have been going on for the past two to three years. what makes this abduction different is the sheer number of students that were abducted. and the offer made by the
insurgent group should be seen as another opportunity, an option, that could be used to get these children out of captivity. we cannot contemplate using force to free these girls in the sense that they are now used as human shield and for the insurgent, they have nothing to lose if they kill these girls. >> so you think that thi this ry is an opportunity to negotiate, that these young women will now be some sort of bargaining chip? what sort of release do you think would work? what sort of negotiation would be effective? >> all the government need to do now is to set up a team that will reach out to the insurgent and often the possibility of talks. and then bring some of these members of the group that are
invitation and get these girls back home. >> i have one more thought for you and that is this: late last year the u.s. government identified boko haram as a terrorist group, does that indicate any type of credit negotiating tactic for the return of the girls? >> we were in the past able to reach out to the group and bring the leadership to the table in the last two years but now is a bit difficult for a number of reasons. is one of which that there is a $7 million bounty on the head of that group and secondly we have a law in nigeria that outlawed that group and criminalized any attempt to interrupt or to relate with the group. and we have a state of emergency placed in three states in the
northeastern part of nigeria. that also made it impossible. so i can see that the criesation of boko haram as a foreign terrorist organization will complicate any attempt at negotiation. and whatever we can do now is to get these girls back home to their family. and one of which is we do it the safest way. we need these girls back home in body and spirit. we just don't need their bodies back home. >> human rights activist shay hasani. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> more than two months since malaysia air 370 slipped off radar, he still believes the plane will be found. although setbacks. some of the electronic pings detected last month did not come from the black box recorder. the underwater search is focused where the indian ocean two pings
were detected april 5th, more than a month ago and the unmanned blue fin 21 submarine cannot dive deep enough, it now turns out. the hunt is on for a is up that can go even deeper. for air passengers the malaysia 370 is a story, that can travel long distances without radar. inmarsat, 11,000 aircraft in the skies. david coyley joins us now. can you explain to us exactly what the offer is? is it really going to change things, would it have prevented the kind of search we've seen for malaysia 370? >> it would certainly have helped the search process. because what we are talking about is providing a global framework for enhanced position reporting or flight tracking. so that we would have a better
idea, more quickly, where aircraft are. >> so this is a technology you're offering. but does it require any participation of the airlines or aircraft builders? do they have to put on additional equipment or anything? >> no. the key point is, inmarsat has been providing safety services for over 20 years now and in recognition of that fact, we now have over 90% of the world's wide body aircraft installed with inmarsat systems. there is no further examination of the industry required. -- further investment needed. >> if the airlines and aircraft builders already have the technology on their planes and you were providing this service could this have been done sometime ago? is this something as the horse is out of the barn?
>> not really, no. what inmarsat is hoping to encourage is the technology we are specifically hoping to encourage is n marc, what we are looking to encourage with other players and partners is the gloapg adoptioglobal technologys exists. >> would enhance this searching? >> absolutely. yes. what inmarsat is looking at is an immediate response today without additional installation of influence equipment, no systems, new technologies or techniques. >> inmarsat's vipsat's vice pref technology, thank you very much. on "america tonight" after the break, going to the end of
the world for family. >> it happens to require a few more plane rides. >> outsourcing takes on a new meaning in an in-depth report as we begin an "america tonight" special series, make beabz babi. later on, the pulse of life. >> the the river is life to us. i mean the river gives life to everything. not just only us but the plants, animals, and without water, you know, we can't -- we can't 75. >> the extraordinary effort to return one of the country's most fragile ecosystems to the flow of life.
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>> and now, making babies. not the good old fashioned way. but what has become a business of fertility treatments, invitro, surrogacy, and adoption, can be a wrenching and heartbreaking experience. the desire for baby could be would be parents to ask, increasingly, many of those baby making techniques are being outsourced in many places you wouldn't expect. "america tonight"'s adam may has an in depth look at how dreams can come true and how global surrogacy can take people in unexpected recommendations. -- relations. >> for crif crystal travis, cret her business is: >> world of surrogacy.
what you find is people will go to all ends if they really want a family. >> she has three children born half a world away. all of them conceived using an egg donor and a surrogate mother. become a baby wasn't easy. crystal's career led her to look for an egg donor and surrogate. finding the cost of surrogacy in the u.s. prohibitive, she and her husband heard of a cheaper alternative, india. >> first trip to india was very difficult for me. i wasn't prepared for what we saw. >> it was just hard to imagine the poverty. and the way people had to live. that was very disconcerting to me. and it was just really hard to
take in, without becoming so emotional. >> i did i did i did this! >> still, the travises saw india as their best option. so they moved forward quickly. less than a year later, mark came into the world in india. >> so mark was born, our surrogate was here. and then the operation room we can go from the other side but our surrogate was here for days. >> you were there with when he was born? >> we were there when he was born. >> what was that like? >> the one thing that i remember about it when mark came out, they said, he's beautiful, he looks just like you, and i said thank you. >> where are you guys at right now? >> well, i'm here in baltimore, maryland. >> and megan where are you? >> i'm in london, england. >> it takes a world to make a
baby nowadays. >> now crystal helps other families build their families. more than 600 so far. ed spotes and his partner, going to five continents, including a friend who is donating her egg from england. >> the child can visit me and i can expose it to a culture in another part of the world. >> partner tony johnson found the process frustrating and slow. >> i just feel very fortunate, i'm 46 and there was a time when i was living where this was impossible. so i feel very fortunate that this is possible now. >> they hope international sir gatcsir -- surrogacy helps them become dads fast. >> delivery in nepal, medical
procedures in new york. it takes somebody from almost every corner of the world, right? >> absolutely. the village is global. it feels like we're going to another place right in our backyard. happens to require a few more plane rides. >> but those destinations have ever-changing rules. india recently banned same sex couples or single men for looking for surrogates. so agencies are moving some procedures to nearby nepal walking a fine line. >> why not do this domestically when it's legal in the u.s? >> in india you will allow a doctor that will allow a singleton birth from 35,000 to 40,000. in middle america you can say probably about $80,000. california i mean i have clients who have paid over $200,000. >> $200,000! >> 200,000.
>> so people can save a lot of money by going overseas. >> correct. correct. when we started that process six and a half years ago, it wasn't a billion dollar a year industry so you didn't have all of these players in the pot. now it's a different story. >> it's a billion dollar a year industry? >> correct. and they say probably more because it is a cash and carry industry. >> reporter: but travis says when money is no object, global surrogacy can go in the other direction. 7500 miles away is shanghai, china with nearly 24 million people, shanghai is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. it's here we saw tony jane. he and his wife couldn't have children on their own but they decided on surrogacy. since it's banned in china they
wound up turning to an interesting place for help. >> india, ukraine, thailand, then a solution in california. >> jane has three children, all from the same surrogate in california. all three are born in the u.s. having three children would be against the law in china. it's an incentive that are drawing many well to do chinese to the u.s. >> means they are getting their new babies with foreign passports. so they don't boght register thr registering the newborn. >> asking jane for help, before long this young father was in the business of babies. setting up his own surrogacy agency. >> evidently, the solution from the u.s. is the best one. because the people there have been doing this for more than 25
years. >> jane says infertility is what sends most couples to his agency. about 25% of chinese born are infertile, more than 40 million chinese, a number that has quadrupled in the past two decades. but surrogacy is only available for chinese who can afford it. jane says the basic package including one ivf cycle costs between 120 and $175,000. >> i think from private business owners have very high income. >> another advantage to the american experience: jest genr selection. american surrogates request boys. that's possible in the u.s. where gender selection is technically straightforward through invitro fertilization. >> especially couples who already having a girl or boy
already, gender selection will be very essential to them. that's the main reason they came over to the u.s. for that. it's not commercially open or allowed in china region. >> the u.s.s. still the gold standard for surrogacy. >> some critics for surrogacy would say these women in the third worlds delivering these babies are being exported. what do you say about that? >> i think they should ask the surrogate if they're being exploited. my surrogate if she thought she was being exploited, she wouldn't have asked 24 hours later if she could be a surrogate again. >> yes, the same surrogate gave the travises their twins. >> i think it's the wave of the future anyway. we all have a story but i think they will have a beautiful story of two people who really wanted you know a family and we were willing to go to the ends of the earth to create a family.
>> for tony and ed, that journey is just beginning. >> whawhat are you looking forwd to the most? >> i'm looking forward to a little rug rat running around this house. i love it. i love it. >> and it's this motion, when they open up their arms, and wanting you to pick them up. i'm looking forward to it. >> "america tonight"'s adam may is here with us. these folks are having good experiences so far, but i have to wonder, internationally wouldn't there be a lot of laws governing this? >> people joke about it, there are certainly more regulations on hair salons than on the surrogacy business. in the united states it's a patch work of laws. it's illegal in some states, it's legal or surrogacy friendly in some states, maryland and california. and internationally the laws are
all over the place. commercial surrogacy is for most part banned in most nations. india is the hot spot for surrogacy. a small growing surrogacy group in russia. there have been some people interested in surrogacy in thailand but that's led to human trafficking issues. all over the place. buyer beware situation. >> talk about beware, not happily. let's look at some video of your upcoming reports because it's not always a happy ending. >> coming up on mairnts, make babies, the baby business goes global. s. >> it is so important for us to start a family and we were so hoping to start. >> you didn't see any red flags? >> it turned out starting a family in paradise was a nightmare. >> we lost over $20,000. >> how much money?
>> about $50,000 before it was all done. >> both of you were involved with that organization. why should trust you with a surrogacy? >> and hope for desperate parents or designer babies? >> i would not ever want to get pregnant again knowing that i could have a child like that. >> it may be hard to believe but this monkey near portland, oregon is giving danielle and her family new hope. >> this is the next generation of medicine. why is it not being done already, your we not allowed to go through with it? >> what we are dealing when we start genetically.modifying babies is how do we know when to stop? >> "america tonight," make babies. >> this looks really interesting adam. coming up i know as we said you have been down in mexico, you spent a lot of time work on investigation in some of the things that can go wrong. some of the things lead to criminal complaints. >> there are, right now a word
of possible federal investigation into a surrogacy company called planet hospital. we go in depth, we're going to look at all the problems down there. in fact we talked the a number of couples who had serious issues, 30 couples that claimed they lost hundreds of thousands of dollars, ties with planet hospital, new destination for surrogacy. we went along with a couple looking at that agency, couldn't believe what we saw joie. it was almost a beauty package ant of women with these couple picking what they want. we'll have that later. >> unbelievable. "america tonight"'s adam may. next, it took decades to reach the sea but finally it came. >> i would try to be manly not
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only on al jazeera america >> and now a snapshot of stories making headlines on "america tonight." pro-russian separatists hail a successful referendum while the european union holds off on new sanctions. kyiv considers the referendum illegitimate. >> mers last been confirmed in a patient in florida. arrived earlier from saudi arabia where 473 cases have been reported. and a view from the top here in washington, d.c. the washington monument has now reopened, after a strong earthquake magnitude 5.8 unlocked contraction in it. >> depending on where you might
be in the country now, blanketed in a freak spring snow or are baking. this summer will bring another el nino with even more extreme weather all across the world. devastating wildfire in texas. while snow and hail blanket the midwest and tornadoes rip through the great plains. extreme weather nearly biblical in scope. and its impact on communities like fritch, texas where dry tinder helped spread the wildfire and firefighters struggle to stop the flames. hundreds of people forced into emergency shelter as the fire schooled 100 buildings, nearly everything in town. >> my home and the home next to mine was the only one standing in our block. >> at a nearby high school little to offer but temporary refuge. >> we're here to meet those
basic needs, provide a safe place to stay, we'll bring breakfast in as we speak and they can go out and what will be a very tough day for many people. >> residents brace themselves to find whatever might be left. >> i know that we're not going to be able to get in as of yet. but when we get in i guess we'll just take it a step at a time and see what happens. i don't know. >> the winds blew into colorado and wyoming where mother's day brought a freak blast of snow. more than two wet sloppy feet in some places, as much as 29 inches in colorado's northern larimer county. >> unbelievable. i've been in colorado 29 years, seen it snow not like this. >> and tornado alley, at least 15 tornadoes touched down in nebraska alone. >> uh oh there they go.
>> downtown sutton on the morning after. >> two blocks from here took the warning and got in my basement like most people should have. >> the tornadoes spinning winds up to 120 miles per hour out side of orrick, missouri. >> there's the roof, the whole town is in it. >> i pulled up, got the kids in the basement and literally two minutes after that, we were down in the basement and everything started happening. >> hard to believe anything was left. >> trees down, power lines down. >> a town of just 900 people lost 300 homes. almost incredibly no one was seriously hurt. >> we're relieved everyone was okay. we made it out. we can replace our things. >> but you can't replace the kids. as extreme weather becomes more and more request important, what if you could bring a river back to life?
that is a question, an experiment on the colorado river is trying to answer. cut off by dams and communities thirsty for water, the colorado river delta has been dry for decades. but a historic agreement between united states and mexico is trying to change that. this is "america tonight"'s lori jane gliha. >> elder members of the could ca pod tribe sang for the river to come back. >> the river is life to us. the river gives life to everything. without water we can't survive. >> dale phillips is chairman of the cocopa nation. >> tell me how the are river has changed since you were a child. >> well, there's no water, you know, no water. all you see is dead vegetation. there's no animals out there
like there used to be. there's no life out there, it's dead. whether it's dead we're dead, our souls are dead. >> people here have endured hardships over the years but the loss of the river has been the most difficult. now this surge of water calls the pulse-flow is lifting phillips spirits. the arid final stretch of fresh water in the united states. >> what did you do when you saw the pulse flow, that big flow of water for the first time? >> well, you know kind of i don't use the word sad but you feel like crying, you know, but it's happiness, a joy you know, you get excited and trying to be manly not to show it but you know, you feel like yelling and screaming because the water's right there. you can see it! >> 100 years ago, the delta was
one of the largest desert wetlands in the world. it took over a million acres from the '40s, cp 50s and cp 60s, there were years in a row with no water reaching the delta. >> more than 80 dams were built along the colorado, diverting the water from the delta and damaging natural habitats. now the mighty waterway which snakes through u.s. desert and parts of mexico is one of the most overused rivers in the world, supplying water to more than 30 million people and millions of acres of farmland mainly in the southwestern united states. >> this is morleas dam, a diversion dam, the last dam on the colorado river and these gates here basically stop the river from flowing into the river system, the delta area of
the credit colorado. >> conservationists elvis inahosa, told us about its recent jolt of life when the gates here temporarily opened. >> it was such an amazing moment. we were all waiting downstream and then finally the gates opened, the water came rushing out. >> this rushing water is part of the pulse flow experiment. a controlled and temporary release of water that flows from the morellos dam. giving mother nature a hydrating boost. >> look at this. i was walking along here last october. now i have to swim! >> yes. >> it's amazing. it's amazing to see the water here. >> for conservationist francis cozamora, this has been the high point of his career. he and inahosa worked with both
sides of the river to bring the water back. >> what basically what we did was recreate what nature did on a regular basis you know in the past before the dams were built. >> the pulse flow is designed to mimic a spring flood where the river banks overflow but on a much smaller scale. over time, the new flow of water here will eventually seep back into the ground. >> the delta historically has been recognized as one of the most important wetlands in the content for biodiversity and content. it's very resilient even though it has not received the delivery of water intentionally for its maintenance. it has survived because of resiliency. >> because of its resilience, a little bit of water goes a long way here. over eight weeks the pulse flow releases just 1% of the water
that used to be here. and that's enough to revive the delta's ecosystem. >> you can see the seeds, that's a willow. what we have seen is seeds of cottonwood and willow are falling into wet soil. as thi the seeds fall on wet sol they find the perfect condition to germ inflate and to grow. >> more trees mean more birds. hundreds of species need the delta wet lan wetlands to rest d refuel as they migrate across the barren desert every year. while the pults flow has been the -- while the pulse flow has been the environment, the mexican town of san luis colorado. >> it improves their livelihoods. you know?
communities depend on the health of this system. >> like the kokopa tribe. ♪ >> for phillips the pulse flow seems like an answer to their prayers. >> so what happened when you found out that this pulse flow was going to happen? >> well, one tribal member told me, he said i didn't think you guys could do it. but you guys did it. somebody listened to you. >> but he says the return of the river was ultimately a bittersweet moment. >> i tell you. it gave us a little happiness, lifted up our spirits. and our soul. but in the same time, three were belittling -- they were belittling us. it's like dangling a carrot in front of you. you can never get that carrot. what did it do for us? well, nothing, really, we're still the same. >> on the mexican side of the border, many kokopa members live
in poverty. the river is back for now but not here to stay. they have to travel for hours to the mowft gulf of california -- mouth of the gulf of california for the fish they need to live on. we made that journey and riesked at the vast -- and arrived at the vast landscape. when it's high tide, the place where saltwater and fresh water collide, ruth resulting in some of the most productive ecosystems on earth. that rarely happens, when the delta went dry. but. >> if this water gets to that point then we're going to be reconnecting the river again. with the ocean. >> although it won't restored the kokopa tribe the temporary pulse could revive the delta.
>> the pulse flow is an exercise and we are learning a lot, and have leernd lot in the last -- learned a lot in the last four weeks. >> meticulous the course of the flow teams throughout the united states and mexico have been measuring the levels, counting the number of birds return to the area and checking how many trees germinate and so far, the results are promising. >> it's the most controlled river in the world. and then what we're doing here tells a story how we can change a relationship with nature, no? how we can restore it. connecting the river with delta with the sea, i guess it brings hope that we can change our relationship as humans with nature. >> it will take years to see if that hope is realized and if this once delicate wet land can come back to life. "america tonight"'s lori jane gliha on how little it takes to make a difference about this is the last week of the pulse flow,
the water will stop flowing down the delta on sunday and as we have heard researchers will hope that this small amount of water will reach down to the gulf of california. we can report that the pulse of the water does extend down the channel to the river's mouth. up next, a brazillan belowout? can rio pull it off? get in the game, flex. next.
>> from atlanta to athens, salt lake city to is sochi. the games almost always go on. now olympic officials express serious doubts about rio de janeiro, the host city of the olympic games in 2016. "america tonight"'s christof putzel. >> in an unexpected modify the international olympic committee has publicly criticized its next host city saying rio is not ready for the games. ioc secretly asked london to step in. but did ioc says nothing has changed. >> there's absolutely no plan for london. as an alternative. there's absolutely no plan b. we, the ioc, the international
federation, and the organizationing committee and the three levels of government have to work together and are working together to deliver the games. >> rio de janeiro! >> just five years ago a very different picture in rio. but a series of delays forced olympic officials to bring in extra monitors to speed up preparations. >> we haven't had to as an ioc send people in like this before. we have been struggling to get then to understand the problem. are test contaminants are starting this year and yet in the test event department there's two people working. >> the more immediate concern is the upcoming world cup due to kick off a month from now. planning for the event has been plagued by massive infrastructure problems, cost overruns and allegations of corruption. the government has spent more than $11 billion getting ready.
money some say could be spent in better ways. >> translator: the world cup was done without the brazilian people, public money without social benefit for the people and one of the pictures is the state of health care in our country which is demonstrated here in the heart of a poor community. some of the people who live here suffer the most for precariousness of the country. people live in lines at the hospitals. >> reporter: the race to build venues for two world class sporting events have also resulted in a number of casualties. in the five years since brazil won the right to host the olympics, at least eight construction workers have died. >> clearly we face delays in some of the stadiums. we had to go through two serious accidents in the arena cor
corinthians. in brazil every day we confront what we call common crime and we take in measures and look to integrate military force he, military police, civil police, why federal police, we have are acquired the most modern for public safety. >> campaigners say it has come at a cost. within soo pau sao paulo's sacau stadium. >> i have five children. we go without basic necessities. we want a space to live better. >> elsewhere the protests are taking on a toll of vital services with bus drivers and even police officers complaining that the pressure of the games
is just too much. now it's a matter of limits, we all issued the possible deadlines, and now we have arrived at this point. i've been saying this since december. if there's nothing positive coming from the deposit and if they don't do something different we will strike during the world cup. >> with the eyes of the world on brazil this summer what happens next will determine expectations for biggest sporting event on the planet. >> just one month from now brazil will host another multilocation sporting event, the world cup. "america tonight"'s christof putzel is on his way to cover it but before he does, christophe, how to get ready for these two enormous world events? >> you have to keep in mind that brazil is hosting two of the world's largest sporting events within two years of each other. they have a lot on their plate. just to give an idea how far behind they are, back in 2004 two years leading up to the
athens olympics they had completed 40% of their infrastructure. london had completed about 60%. and now brazil has only completed about 10%. athat gives you an idea of how much they have ahead of them. a lot of people are blaming corruption. it is well documented that construction firms and brazilian politician he have been working together for a very long time and that raises questions of who's playing the watchdog? who's overlooking these billions of dollars worth of contracts? >> christophe we know -- credit we know you're heading there tomorrow, what are you hearing? >> people are left out of the population. they are seeing billions of dollars of their hard earned money on these extravagant structures that have a one time use rather than going back into the communities. there are people claiming that their rents are being tripled
overnight, pushed out to build structures over them. there is a general sentiment that they are not getting the benefit of all this money and as a result brazil could be sacrificing a little bit of its future in order to host just the world cub and the olympics. >> "america tonight"'s christof putzel, we'll see you in rio. our final thoughts this hour with honest. a special ceremony for a special pair of graduates, why they are marching to the podium for a place in history.
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70 years ago. lexington, missouri, a story of the graduates. >> areplied the pomp and circumstance and the crowd of graduates at the university of kentucky. >> this is something i would not think would happen in my life. >> standing out to right a wrong. in the 1950s, the university of kentucky was segregated. he tried to enroll there, there was no admission. >> he was denied opportunity even though harrison wilson was not only a star athlete, he was coming home after serving in the navy and on the g.i. bill. >> when i came want to come here was disappointed i went to the black school just 28 miles away. got a good education. >> undeterred, wilson got his master's and doctorate degrees.
became a successful basketball coach and college president. now, nearly 70 years later. >> the harrison b. wilson, junior. >> dr. wilson, at age 90, is receiving an honorary doctorate from the university that once rejected him. >> thank you, doctor. it is a pleasure. >> and so it's really a wonderful opportunity to say, this was an injustice, here's our attempt at least symbolically, we can't go back and give the people who were denied degrees, degrees. but we can honor harrison wilson who was one of those people. >> business administration. >> the timing of the honor is particularly significant because dr. wilson's grandson is sharing the stage with him. he continues to motivate the family. >> he always inspires me. not everybody has that role
model that's gone so far in education. i was always blessed to have that, growing up. it's something, he set the bar high and we are all pursuing it. >> you always are oriented towards would being. take the lousiest job and pursue money, nickels become dimes and dimes become quarters. and i showed them. >> brandon says he hopes to build on his grandfather's legacy, perhaps aiming for university president some day knowing that people like his grandfather helped make education possible for him and many others. jonathan martin, al jazeera. >> the university of kentucky by the wait did not allow black students until 1949. that's it for us tonight. tomorrow we'll continue our series making beabz. "america tonight"'s correspondents boom may. broke and baby --less. broke -- babyless.
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