More than 60 years ago, in a move that would cost her a job, Mildred Poole moved to defend education for all children — regardless of their race.
She opened school doors for black children to join classes on Fort Bragg three years before Brown vs. Board of Education would force integration nationwide.
She was fired a few years later.
“I just did what my spirit told me was right and what I knew I had to do,” Poole told The Fayetteville Observer 33 years later. There’s no accounts of harassment Poole may have faced, but old reports said the general at Fort Bragg received a lot of crude telegrams about it.
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