Her own childhood had shown her the deadly effects of racism. As a girl, she’d witnessed a man dragged and lynched, and this memory stuck with her. She vowed to protect other children from the violent effects of racial hatred. But how?
No one would hire a Black woman research scientist, not even a famous one! So instead, she opened a social service center for Black children, the first of its kind. The center became the mecca of activism and advocacy for Black children, and it’s still in operation today.
Uplifting Black children is crucial to securing the future of our people. Whether we are parents or not, we must understand that protecting and healing Black children means healing future Black adults – and sets the stage for more powerful future leaders of our communities!