|"Ruth McBride Jordan, A Remarkable Mother"|
Ruth McBride Jordan died in the early days of January. Her name may not ring a bell, but her son's book, A BLACK MAN'S TRIBUTE TO HIS WHITE MOTHER, was on the NEW YORK TIMES best seller list for 100 weeks. Ruth, an Orthodox Jewish woman, was twice married to a black man. Her first husband died leaving her with eight children. She raised those eight children for fifteen years alone, arranging for them to be bused to better schools. With her second husband, she had four more kids, prior to his death. All twelve children graduated from college. Two are doctors, two professors, two teachers, two engineers, a finance director, a social worker, a nurse, and a journalist, make up the dozen. Mother McBride, herself, earned a social work degree from Temple University at 65. Questions about racial identity were always answered the same. Mom would only say, "I'm light skinned." She ignored stares, snide comments and cackles. All that really mattered to her was her kids and their education. There is no power greater than the force of a mother's will and a strong public education system.
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