Civil rights childhood by Jordana Y. Shakoor

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I walked towards him, mindful of the gray dust that covered the tops of my old shoesmy only pair. " He questioned me as though he was puzzled, truly puzzled for the first time in his life. "I have already checked with your other teachers. You have not made under a 'B' in any of your classes. " he asked me again. "I don't know, Sir, except that I'm determined to achieve my objectives. I don't want to pick cotton all of my life like my parents. And I have always wanted to become a teacher. I want to help other boys and girls like myself.

One day I was riding with a black man named Kent Smith when he tried to pass a white man in his car. The white man pulled across the center Page 22 line in an effort to prevent Smith from passing, but we had too much speed and managed to pass with ease by pulling slightly onto the berm of the highway. When the white man got to a phone booth, he called the police and told them that Smith had run him off the highway. Subsequently, we were pulled over about ten minutes later by two highway policeman.

AfroAmericansCivil rightsMississippi Greenwood History20th century. 7. Civil rights movementsMississippi GreenwoodHistory20th century. 8. Jordan family. 9. )Biography. " There were few black professionals at that time in Mississippi, so for someone to become a schoolteacher was a great achievement; many blacks were relegated to picking cotton or driving tractors on plantations. Throughout his life, my father inspired students, colleagues, and many others to achieve their goals by describing to them the tremendous obstacles he had had to overcome in order to fulfill his own dreams.

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