Educator: Progress made against racism, still progress to be made

Sassafras, Ky. (WYMT)-- From needing permission to go to a school in her home community, to serving as an educator in Eastern Kentucky, Ludrenia Hagans-Shepherd has seen progress in the fight against racial discrimination.

"My dad had gone to the superintendent's office to find out if it would be okay if we would be permitted to go to Sassafras Elementary," she said.

She went with siblings and cousins to Sassafras Elementary, after she went to first grade in Richmond, Ind.

Her delay in going to Sassafras Elementary came from a combination of needing approval from local school officials, and officials in Frankfort, along with her father not wanting her to walk to school by herself, she said.

In school, she said she was subjected to racial slurs only occasionally.

"We had the name calling of some, and then we had some of our friends that we grew close to who would say, 'Don't call those names. That's not right,'" she said.

Working in a nursing home, she experienced some discrimination from the residents in that home.

Most recently, she experienced some discomfort as President Barack Obama campaigned and began his presidency.

"From getting in and during his office years, his first office years, it was almost unbearable," she said.


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