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Little Colored Girls Like to Wear Pearls Too! by Janice Mack Guess (broadcast 3-24-2014) A native of Winston-Salem, NC, Janice moved to Durham with her family when she was ten years old. An alumnus of the legendary Hillside High School and NC Central University,  she is retired from GlaxoSmith Kline with thirty years in the pharmaceutical industry and currently works at NCCU as an administrator. After participating in a race relations forum sponsored by the Pauli Murray Project of the Duke Human Rights Center in the summer of 2010 Janice began telling her story of how she, along with her brother and sisters, were the first black children to desegregate Brogden Junior High School in Durham, NC. In response to the enthusiasm and encouragement she received from listeners she has put her memories of that chaotic and bewildering time into this  small but powerful book.

In the introduction Janice states, “I am pleased to offer these stories to you, a new generation of young people who face different but equally serious challenges. Perhaps your journey can be made smoother if you know and appreciate how hard my generation fought to break the chains of racism and prejudice.”

Find out more at www.janicemackguess.com