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My Journey
A Memoir of the First African American to Preside Over the Alabama Board of Education
Ethel Hall


NewSouth Books
$24.95 hardcover
6 x 9 
172 pages
12-page insert; black & white photos
Published in 2010

“I carefully and consciously prepared for a challenging, demanding career in education because I believe learning is a lifelong process that impacts every individual. Each of my employment and volunteer experiences has been important in performing my tasks on the State Board of Education. My formal training helped me to understand that all children can learn if they are given the resources and opportunity, and my volunteer experiences have affirmed my belief in a greater need for advocacy for those who are least able to make the changes needed in our social system.”
Dr. Ethel Hall, from My Journey

In this wise, introspective, and touching memoir, Dr. Ethel Hall recounts the little “journeys” throughout her life which prepared her to become the first African American woman elected to the Alabama State Board of Education. Her experiences with racial tension, discrimination, and poverty are interspersed with portraits of the family and love which transformed her from a farmer’s daughter—determined to achieve the higher education others thought to be impossible—to a dedicated mother and educator, and even further to a statewide political leader. Dr. Hall also provides a detailed account of the problems faced—both solved and unsolved—during her more than two decades of service to the Alabama State Board of Education. Despite the difficulties she faced, Dr. Hall’s stories are filled with faith and hope, leaving the reader with memorable anecdotes for their own hardships.