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This Former Harlem Drug Dealer Just Graduated From Columbia

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The end of the rainbow.

If you ever grew up with knowledge of the drug game, then you may know how difficult it can be for those involved to step out of it. While some may feel as though dealing drugs is the only resort they have to set themselves up financially, there are still many who are able to leave it behind and start a new life.

For one man in Harlem, he was able to find the silver lining, and not only leave the drug game in the past, but even gain a higher education following. This past weekend, that man graduated from Columbia University, and finally earned his college degree.

former drug dealer at Columbia graduation

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Read more on this former drug dealer’s stories on the following pages.

David Norman graduated from Columbia University this past weekend at 67 years old.

former drug dealer at Columbia graduation

Source: NY Daily News

David Norman is 67 years old, and former drug dealer from Harlem, New York, who just graduated as the oldest member for his class at Columbia University, earning his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy.

He had an addiction problem for 35 years, and had countless arrests added to his record.

former drug dealer at Columbia graduation

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While speaking with the NY Daily News, Norman admitted to having a dark past, which included substance abuse, having tried heroin by 15 years old, and drinking consistently since he was 11 years old. He only was in high school for one day before dropping out, where he eventually turned to the streets to sell dope.