The first Black woman to serve on and chair the Hillsborough County School Board was Doris Ross Reddick. Mrs. Reddick taught children and adults in Hillsborough County Schools for many years. She served as a resource and reading teacher, learning and curriculum specialist, assistant principal, and as an educational diagnostician. Her story has been built from a legacy of love and the collective wisdom of generations. Former slaves to United States Presidents have held her hands to hold her, to guide her and to be honored to meet her. From Florida to New York Mrs. Reddick’s impact has been profound. She led the way to a peaceful transition during desegregation. She helped set the standard for teaching African American and Hispanic Studies in Florida. She put injustice to shame as she demanded equality for minority business owners. Her story reveals how one person with a soft voice and a firm hand can indeed make a difference. This book is the product of her sharing spirit and desire that her story may serve as an example that you can materialize whatever dream your heart can imagine
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