Bernice Baxter

I was blessed to have attended the Fredrick Douglass Elementary School in Philadelphia, PA. There we were taught about slavery, the struggle of Black Folk and daily instructed in the importance of education; correct pronunciation, importance of english, math. Music was a strong component of education. It was also at this school where I was taught by outstanding African-American teachers. The first African-American principal in the Philadelphia School District was appointed to that school. What a solid foundation –education, black pride and social responsibility. It equipped for my next experience in Jr. High School (Fitzsimons Jr. High) where all the teachers were white and the pupil population 90% Jewish and white..

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