From her humble upbringing, Dr. Hattie N. Washington’s life has been a captivating roller coaster of transition and spiritual growth. Her new memoir is gripping, as it is compelling.
Born in Prince Edward County, Virginia, she didn’t have parental guidance and still managed to become the First Female Vice President of Coppin State University. In her new memoir, Dr. Hattie N. Washington reveals how a country girl succeeded through life with optimism, drive and a belief in God to become an honor student, a teacher, a parent to two achieved daughters, and a foster parent to over one hundred foster boys over a twenty-year period. She writes about family, relationships, and the complexities of growing up during the segregation and desegregation era, where the strike at R.R. Moton High School, in Farmville, Virginia in 1951 and later the historic landmark case, Brown v. Board of Education both led to the closing of her two-room schoolhouse in 1959 for five years.