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Tempe History Society Lunch Talks
02.08.2023 11.30AM - 12.30PM
Tempe History Museum - Tempe


Tempe History Society Lunch Talks

Overcoming: Growing Up in The South By Rosemary James

Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his or her goals----Dorothy Height

What is it like to grow up in the south as a black person? Come along with me as I take you on an abbreviated, firsthand experience of my life in the south during the forties, fifties, and the Civil Rights era.  You will surely leave this talk saying, “It was as if I had been there.” You may even be changed a bit if you open yourself up to what you hear. 

I was born in a little town called Kentwood in Louisiana.  I went to Grambling college in 1962 and moved to Arizona with my husband of 49 and a half years in 1965. We are blessed with two wonderful sons who have grown into very accomplished men. I served as a classroom teacher of 3rd through middle school students, a school district staff developer, a school principal, and an education consultant for 39 years prior to retiring in 2009. My husband taught me to love traveling and we were blessed to have traveled to 6 continents prior to his death. I completed our planned excursion to the 7th continent of Antarctica in 2015.