A family’s fight from civil rights to the graduation stage

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — For Kojak Wells and his family, it’s been a long journey.

“Sitting in a stockroom, working at Dollar General not knowing and not thinking about going back to school,” said 2020 University of Tennessee Grad Kojak Wells.

Wells’ great-grandmother Gloria Garner was a Civil Rights leader in Knoxville.

“They call her little red. She’s a little light-skinned woman with red hair, who will go in, known for her fights for like civil justice in the workplace,” Wells said.

An icon forever in the Knoxville community, passing the baton.

“Picking up that mantle. It feels a whole lot like that,” Wells said.

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