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Shirley Johnson

We actually made history. We were an all Black Elementary, High School, and College. We were always applauded and encouraged by our Mothers, Fathers, Grandmothers, Siblings, Teachers, Neighbors and friends. We did not think of ourselves as “less than” anyone. Quite the opposite–we can do what others do, only better was what our teachers and parents taught us. “You have to be better than” because people of other cultures do not think you can… Always “resist mediocrity.” It was not an option for us as children to be less than great. We learned of others but we saw in person the history makers making us just like other history makers (that we saw). The best way to pass it on is to be what you know will help others to be their best. We are history!