Olujimi Mookie Jumoke, who grew up in the Wilmington area, dropped out of school in the seventh grade due to problems with math and struggles with dyslexia and ADHD. Later, after being jailed for a drug-related offense, he worked toward earning his GED.
Jumoke, whose mother taught him the importance of reading, passed four of the five GED test portions. But he failed the math section about five times.
Every time I failed it was just like taking a piece out of me, Jumoke says. It was kind of just draining my hope.
A woman at Cape Fear Community College, where the test was administered, witnessed his frustration and gave him contact information for the literacy council.