Eva was born on 19 Sep 1958 in Mobile, AL. I will always remember Eva’s birthday because we were born a week apart. Eva and I attended Fermi Elementary School in Chicago, IL. On those days that Eva made it home before I did, Alice, asked, “Eva, where is your sister?”
Eva hung her head and responded, “The children down the street are fighting Debra, but I had to use the restroom!” 🙂
Our parents had to find other options besides the Chicago Public School system. They joined the Catholic Church so that we could attend their schools, and St. Laurence Catholic Elementary School was our first.
In 1968, while attending St. Laurence, they selected Eva and I to attend St. Nicholas Middle School in Evanston, IL. This was a difficult transition for us because the kids on our bus were the only African-American children that attended that school. The travel time was one hour if traffic was good, but most days it would take up to two hours. Once we arrived, the students and teachers didn’t really want us there! Continue reading