Abena Imhotep grew up on 13th Street and Mondamin Avenue in Des Moines – a mile and a half away from Drake University. A 30-minute walk separated her modest neighborhood from the vaunted university founded in 1881.
“It was like the parameters of the hood. Drake was on the other side of the hood. That was the boundary,” she said. “When you got to 24th, 25th, then you were no longer in the hood because of Drake, and so it seemed like it was just not a place where we belonged.”