Almost every year, Charles Akins makes a special trip to Akins High School, in South Austin, on the first day of the new school year. He arrives before the first bell to greet the students, to meet the teachers, in the spirit of welcome — which is only fitting, since the 13-year-old public school is named in his honor.
Akins is long retired from a life in education. Still, this one day: He savors the rare chance to “meet” the morning buses. When the doors open before him, diversity spills out: brown kids, white kids, black kids.
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