The glue that holds the successful, professional class in the Black community together is a black college somewhere in their past. On those campuses, the descendants of slaves, often disadvantaged, have been liberated through both knowledge and a new spirit of hope. The result is that a non-privileged group has found a way into the middle class. Some of these schools are now threatened with financial and operational problems and they are on the verge of closing. Once such a college, Knoxville College in Knoxville, Tennessee, has fought its way back from bankruptcy and oblivion.