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Pearl of the Quarter

Shatana Russom

Growing up in the projects of Chicago, Illinois, Shatana Russom knew only of gangs, violence and the daily struggles of being raised by a single mother.  As she envisioned a better life for herself and her children, this 31-year-old mother moved to Alabama to get a fresh start.  She quickly landed a job and a home.  And while she hoped this would be the ideal place to rear her children, it proved to be the worst experience of their lives.
Ms. Russom’s family soon became victims of a racially fueled situation that turned their world upside down.  She shared vivid stories of how her kids were bullied, disrespected, attacked and degraded almost.........

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