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    AN 85-YEAR-OLD CHICAGO WOMAN, MRS. LENA SHERMAN, RECEIVED A BACHELOR OF ARTS DECREE IN ENGLISH?

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    GRADUATES ARRIVE: MRS. SHERMAN SEATED WITH DEGREE: GRADUATES LOOK ON: MRS. SHERMAN SPEAKING.



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    SHERMAN: "YOU SEE, I'M A SENIOR CITIZEN, BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT. THE SENIOR CITIZENS I CONSIDER AMERICA'S STEP-CHILDREN, BECAUSE THEY ARE FORCED TO RETIRE AT THE AGE OF SIXTY-FIVE. THEY ARE NOT GIVEN ENOUGH TO LIVE ON, SO YOU, BUT THEY GIVE YOU NOT MUCH TO LET YOU DIE. SO THEY'RE BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP-BLUE-SEA. NOW THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF SENIOR CITIZENS WHO WOULD BE GLAD TO WORK-WE ARE STEREOTYPED, WE ARE NOT PERMITTED TO WORK, WE ARE TREATED AS STEP-CHILDREN, AND I THINK SOMETHING SHOULD BE DONE ABOUT IT."



    REPORTER: "ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A JOB NOW?"



    SHERMAN: "I WOULD-OH HONEY? I WOULD BE GLAD TO HAVE EMPLOYMENT-BUT I DO NOT WANT A JOB FOR WORKING FOR CHEAP STARVATION SALARY. I'VE PAID IN TOO MUCH MONEY MAKING, PREPARING MYSELF, TO THROW MY TIME AWAY. YES I WANT EMPLOYMENT, BUT I WANT DECENT SALARY".




    Initials PH/V/BOB/PS



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: AN 85-YEAR-OLD CHICAGO WOMAN, MRS. LENA SHERMAN, RECEIVED A BACHELOR OF ARTS DECREE IN ENGLISH FROM ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY DURING CEREMONIES LAST SUNDAY (25 JANUARY).

    TOO EXHAUSTED TO JOIN HER 525 -CLASSMATES IN THE GRADUATION MARCH, MRS. SHERMAN-ENGLISH MAJOR-WATCHED THE CEREMONIES FROM A CHAIR ON THE SIDELINES. BUT IT WAS STILL HER PROUDEST DAY, HAVING WON THE DEGREE AFTER ELEVEN-YEARS OF PART-TIME STUDY FINANCED BY STATE AND FEDERAL GRANTS.

    ONE OF THE FOURTEEN CHILDREN FROM GEORGIA, MRS. SHERMAN HAS KNOWN POVERTY ALL HER LIFE. SHE IS A WIDOW LIVING ON SOCIAL SECURITY AND PUBLIC AID. BUT NOW THAT IS ALL BEHIND HER AND, LIKE ANY BRIGHT-EYED GRADUATE, HAS BEGUN LOOKING FOR A JOB-HER APPLICATION FOR WORK ALREADY ON FILE WITH THE UNIVERSITY PLACEMENT OFFICE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6WH4I0MSI8HZD0XYZFB3MN9AG
    Media URN:
    VLVA6WH4I0MSI8HZD0XYZFB3MN9AG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/01/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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