My Journey: A Memoir of the First African American to Preside Over the Alabama Board of Education
In this wise, introspective, and touching memoir, Dr. Ethel Hall recounts the little journeys throughout her life which prepared her to become the first African American woman elected to the Alabama State Board of Education. Her experiences with racial tension, discrimination, and poverty are interspersed with portraits of the family and love which transformed her from a farmers daughterdetermined to achieve the higher education others thought to be impossibleto a dedicated mother and educator, and even further to a statewide political leader. Dr. Hall also provides a detailed account of the problems facedboth solved and unsolvedduring her more than two decades of service to the Alabama State Board of Education. Despite the difficulties she faced, Dr. Halls stories are filled with faith and hope, leaving the reader with memorable anecdotes for their own hardships.
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