My Journey: A Memoir of the First African American to Preside Over the Alabama Board of Education

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NewSouth Books, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages
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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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Contents

Foreword
9
Early Memories
19
My Mother
25
Visits Home
32
Investing in the Future
40
Learning Family Secrets
47
Early Elementary Grades
54
My Husband Alfred
64
Broadening Horizons
88
First Teaching Jobs
96
Integrating the Birmingham Workforce
102
The Unlikely Politician
108
First Term 198791
119
Second Term 199195
125
Fourth Term 19992003
131
Sixth Term 200711
139

Explaining Segregation to My Grandsons
72
College at Alabama AM
78
Three Graduate Schools Three Degrees
81
No Man Is An Island
148
Index
155
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Dr. Ethel Hall was the first African American woman elected to the Alabama State Board of Education, and has served on the board for more than two decades. Among her awards and recognitions, the Birmingham Business Journal named her as one of their Top Ten Women Making a Difference.

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