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He's the leading man in a $150 million fundraising campaign for Wright State University in southwest Ohio. What's called the "Rise.Shine" effort is being co-chaired by Hanks and Amanda Wright Lane, great-grandniece of the aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright for whom the school is named.
The system of opportunity that made my own trajectory possible has eroded and may be completely broken. I graduated from a strong, well-integrated public high school in Huntsville, Ala. in 1980, when America, and the South in particular, was making good on the promise of Brown v. Board of Education...