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MARGARET WASHINGTON & ANNA LONG Margaret Washington and Anna Long worked alongside their husbands. Both men wrote about their wives; however, the amount of information published about them is nowhere near what was recorded about their husbands. After their husbands died and despite the legal, racial and gender barriers pervasive during their lifetimes, these ladies seamlessly, wisely, and boldly took the helm of the institutions their husbands led for many years. Margaret Washington (Left) from “Booker T. Washington’s Own Story of His Life & Work” and Anna Long (Right) from CIAA 1977 Reunion Souvenir Book ROAR! “IF WOMEN WANT ANY RIGHTS MORE THAN THEY' S GOT, WHY DON'T THEY JUST TAKE THEM, AND NOT BE TALKING ABOUT IT?” SOJOURNER TRUTH 53 Like Margaret and Anna, but vastly untold, teachers throughout the South were also unsung heroines. 54 They equipped formerly enslaved and uneducated people with the ability to read and write. The words they spoke and the words they wrote painted the landscape for high-caliber education. These women leaders were in charge at work, in their communities and at home. They chose to make their living by empowering others to learn. THE TIGER & THE TORCH Page | 47

CHOICE: LIVE & LEARN Zimri Holmes Teaching in the Edgar A. Long Building “I BELIEVE A TEACHER SHOULD HAVE A GENUINE INTEREST IN TEACHING AND A DEEP LOVE FOR CHILDREN…A TEACHER WHO LOVES HIS STUDENTS WILL REALIZE HE TEACHES PROBABLY MORE BY WHAT HE DOES THAN BY WHAT HE SAYS. TO INSPIRE STUDENTS TO LEARN, I BELIEVE THE TEACHER SHOULD FIND THE RELATION OF THE LESSON TO THE LIVES OF THE LEARNER.” ZIMRI HOLMES Zimri Holmes was a history and government teacher who taught the history behind phrases and sayings of his time, the history behind current events and the history behind a Sunday school lesson. His classrooms were always a disciplined atmosphere with respect. He often told stories that would connect history with current events. Because his handwriting was terrible, he typed just about everything and almost always wore a suit and tie so as to never create a poor first impression of himself with others. In one of his own “Live & Learn” opportunities, he describes a situation whereby his credentials were called into question. He used the letter to formally correct what he felt was a personal oversight of “not telling the whole story at the beginning.” THE TIGER & THE TORCH Page | 48