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    About Me

    Here’s who I am

    I’m a black woman (yes, I still like the old designation) with a sharp mind and a lot of questions. I was born in October, 1954 - just four months after the Brown versus Topeka decision that came to shape my life.

    Around 1962, I became part of an educational experiment known as the “special class” in Nashville City Schools. Eighteen students were chosen, based on their IQ test scores. (No, I don’t know what I scored, but my mother does.) Thus, I became the only Negro girl among a group of elite students, at a time when the city was embroiled in civil rights protests and controversies.

    Those circumstances put in places I’d probably never have been otherwise. And they taught me to question assumptions and suppositions about all sorts of things - but especially about race, identity and accomplishment.

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    Contributor Since: November 2008
    Location:The great midwestern Rust Belt

    What I'm Up To

    In process: Book 4

    My goal is simple: I’m going to write a children’s book by the end of the summer. The book explores a young girl’s reaction to a boycott of downtown stores. The protest means she won’t get a coveted Easter dress. The book is based on events that occurred in Nashville, Tenn. in 1963 and 1964.

    My deadline is firm because I’ve been working on versions of this book since 1995. (Yes, you read that right.) The plan is as simple as the goal. I’m writing 100 words each day until the book is finished. I’ll be blogging as I go. You can follow me at www.aoscruggs.com.