When Kate was five years old she was sent to The Sacred Heart Academy, a catholic boarding school in St. Louis. Her father was killed after only 2 months after she had gone to school from a train which he was on, crossed a bridge that collapsed. After the accident she lived at home with her mother, grandmother, and great grandmother for the next two years. They were all widows. Up until Kate was 16 no married couples lived within her house, but it was full of her brothers, uncles, Cousins, and borders.
We had explained to her our history and how she has helped me throughout high school. I totally understood why Nakiyah was always talking about her, because Mrs. Bruce was an amazing teacher. For her birthday every year I would just get her something simple like a gift card to Starbucks but senior year I had gotten her a Nike jacket and Nike tights since I knew she liked to work out. Her class had thrown her a party and even though I was not her student anymore I still attended the party, because she was my favorite teacher. Finally, before I left for college I went to my old high school to say my goodbyes and she gave me nothing but words of encouragement and wisdom and I still thank her to this day.
In elementary school, Toni was the only person in her class that could read (2). Because she attended all intergraded schools, she was friends with many of her white school mates and didn’t encounter discrimination until she started dating (1). She was very dedicated to her... ... middle of paper ... ...ng of the American Literature Association in Baltimore, Maryland (Toni Morrison Timeline 1). During the invitation of Carolyn Denard, an Associate Professor of English at Georgia State University, brought twenty-six scholars and supporters that loved Morrison's work came together in Baltimore to build up the Toni Morrison Society as an official member of an alliance of American author societies that form the American Literature Association (2). With its founding, the Toni Morrison Society became the 41st author society of the Association and the fourth dedicated to an African American author (2).
In 1935 Maya Angelou and her brother move back to St. Louis to live with their mother. While living there, her mom’s boyfriend sexually abused Maya Angelou. Because her uncle killed the boyfriend, Angelou felt guilty for saying anything about it happening and became mute for a several years. She began to speak again at the age of thirteen. Returning again to her mother’s, Maya Angelou moved to San Francisco.
She had two supportive parents, Gertrude and George, and two older brothers, Jack and George Junior. Gertrude Temple was a stay-at-home mom while George went to work as a bank teller, which played in Shirley’s favor when she needed someone to manage her money later in life (Blashfield 55). Gertrude Temple has been called the first stage mother (Blashfield 22) for good reason. Shirley Temple was acting before she could read, so her mother helped her memorize her lines. Temple’s mother served as her private costume designer, and never failed to make the young star’s performance her best yet, by encouraging her to “Sparkle, Shirley Sparkle!” (David 2).
She got over her disappointment and was later voted most likely to succeed by her graduating class. Elizabeth graduated in the top ten (Kozar 22) of her class. Her amazing grades got her into one of the best universities in the state. Elizabeth graduated from Duke University in 1958 with Phi Beta Kappa honors and a bachelor's degree in political science. (Kozar 18) After graduating from Duke University, it was for most women time to settle down and to start a family, but not for Elizabeth.
They all had pass the test to attend William Frantz Elementary school but ruby end up being the only one to attend. Two others of the 6 black students went back to their old school and the other three chose to transfer to another school, leaving ruby to attend by herself. Ruby mother Lucille felt very strongly about her choice to send her daughter off to William Frantz Elementary. She felt it was a great opportunity for better education for her daughter and that it was the first step for all black African American’s children, November 14, 1960 Ruby Bridges first day of school. She was surrounded by officers and her mother on her way to school.