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Thelma Mothershed

Biography
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Mary Green

on 7 October 2012

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Thelma Mothershed Just one of the Heroines of the Little Rock Nine About Her Her Experience at Central After Central She graduated from Southern Illinois University at Cabondale in 1964 with a BA in home economics and earned her MS in Guidance and Counseling Education in 1970; in 1985, she received an administrative certificate in education from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She taught home economics in the East St. Louis school system for twenty-eight years before retiring in 1994. She has also worked at the Juvenile Detention Center of the St. Clair County Jail in St. Clair County, Illinois, and as an instructor of survival skills for women at the American Red Cross Shelter for the homeless. Because the city's high schools were closed the following year, Thelma attended summer school in St. Louis, Missouri, and received her diploma in the mail. On the first day of school, angry white citizens of Little Rock Arkansas screamed at the students. Thelma remembers being spat at, students calling her names, having rocks thrown at her, and even being shunned by some of her teachers. She later uses what she recalled to talk to students learning about Central High. Thelma and the rest of the Little Rock Nine experienced torture in High School. " "Are you gonna let that nigger coon sit in our class?" a boy shouted as he glared at me. . . " We can kick the crap out of this nigger.". . . Again I waited for the teacher to speak up, but she said nothing." Warriors Don't Cry, Melba Pattillo Beals, Page 75 Born on November 29, 1940 in Bloomberg, Texas. She was born with a cardiac (heart) condition. She attended two other high schools before Central Dunbar Junior High School
Horace Mann High School Father- Arlevis Mothershed
Mother- Claire Mothershed
Three sisters and two brothers " She had a heart problem that at times changed her pallor to a purplish hue and forced her to rest on her haunches to catch her breath." Warriors Don't Cry, Pattillo Beals page 26 Sources: Websites:
www.littlerock9.com
www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net
www.thehistorychannelclub.com
www.google.com
Book: Warriors Don't Cry, Melba Pattillo Beals
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