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Women Who Rock with Success- Women of Color

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D r. Froswa Booker-D rew

D r. Froswa Booker-D rew ht t p:/ / frosw As a college student, I was heavily involved on my campus as President of the NAACP to bring more faculty of color to the university as well as increasing the number of African American students on campus. Our efforts resulted in being awarded national recognition by the NAACP two years in a row in the early 90s. Those leadership experiences shaped my involvement for the past twenty years in the Dallas area. I recently donated my college papers to the university because I became concerned that millennial only knew of the struggle in the 60s and believed future generations were apathetic, leaving them to address issues that currently plagued our communities. I mentor several young women and this was a reoccurring theme. They were unaware of Rodney King, the role of African American college students in fighting companies that supported apartheid and the many fights for equity after the era of Civil Rights. I decided to donate my papers during my time as a college student to change the narrative and leave a historical record of what really happened. As a college student, I worked in the Library's Archives Department at the University of Texas at Arlington. I was in the first class of the McNair Program at UTA which was designed to encourage students of color to pursue graduate studies. . I remember a local photographer/socialite who donated her papers to the library and I was responsible for preparing her records for viewing. I realized as a young woman that her donation added another voice to the history of the local area. I realized as well that researchers would use her papers to document history. The donation of my papers was to do just that 20 + years later...I wanted to make sure that my experiences and what my colleagues and I addressed were fully represented when others began to write and discuss history. I also hope that by doing this, it would inspire others to keep their papers, to tell their stories so that those gems of information would not be lost or reconstructed to tell a different story. Narratives are powerful and important and as African American women, we must be intentional in keeping our stories alive and building a legacy for future generations.

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