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Russell Hughes: A Black Engineer, Father & Football Coach


Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the men and women who built it did not learn the skills overnight. These people centuries ago belonged to a special, underrecognized, but omnipotent group of individuals. This group still exists and thrives in the world we inhibit today. Engineers are the aforementioned club that has built Rome, and everything else around it.

It did not happen in a day, but Russell Hughes has earned the title of engineer. He grew up spending time across River Rouge and Ecorse. Russell played football and baseball for the Panthers, and was a member of the National Honor Society b...


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