Charlayne Hunter-Gault

My Mother Taught Me
by Beccastone Editorial

Becca_MyMotherAlwaysToldMe_big05Charlayne Hunter-Gault is an award-winning journalist with more than 40 years in the industry, extending her work at various times to all media.

During those years of growing up in a segregated society, where whites tried in every way possible to make a Black person feel inferior, my Mother told me that I should always behave like the Queen I was in my heart, which was, in effect, to hold my head high as if I were wearing a tiara. And when I was walking through a rioting crowd shouting racial epithets as I integrated the University of Georgia, I remembered who my Mother said I was: a Queen. It was instructions like these that created a suit of armour that helped me withstand many a challenge in life during and beyond the racist hatred at UG.

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