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Up home : one girl's journey

Simmons, Ruth 1945- (author.).

Summary: "I was born at a crossroads: a crossroads in history, a crossroads in culture, and a geographical crossroads in North Houston County in East Texas. Born in 1945, Ruth J. Simmons grew up the twelfth child of sharecroppers. Her first home had no running water, no electricity to light the two crowded rooms, no books to read. Yet despite this-or, in her words, because of it-Simmons would become one of America's preeminent educators. The former president of Smith College and Brown University, and now the outgoing president of Prairie View A&M, Texas's oldest HBCU, for decades Simmons has inspired generations of students as she herself made history. In Up Home, Simmons takes us back to Grapeland to show how the people who love us when we are young shape who we become: We meet her caring, tireless mother who managed to feed her large family with an often empty pantry; her father, who refused to let racial and economic injustice crush his youngest daughter's dreams; the doting brothers and sisters; and the attentive teachers who welcomed Ruth into the classroom, guiding her to a future she could hardly imagine as a child"--

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  • ISBN: 9780593446010
  • ISBN: 0593446003
  • ISBN: 9780593446003
  • Physical Description: x, 204 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, 2023
Subject: Prairie View A&M University History
Brown University History
Smith College History
Women educators United States Biography
Women college presidents United States Biography
Simmons, Ruth 1945-
Genre: Autobiographies.

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