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Sun., Oct. 24, 2010, 12:56 p.m.

I Will Follow You

I loved Jim Kershner’s article (Distinguished Woman Left Us A Legacy) about Frances Scott in Saturday’s Spokesman Review.  (Click here to read article.)

Frances Scott lived most of her influencial life here in Spokane.  Mrs. Scott was the forerunner in equal rights for African-Americans.  She passed away October 12 at the age of 88. 

Frances Scott was a living legend, breaking down various barriers of discrimination.  Now, as our ancestor and predecessor, she has forged the pathway for minorities and women of all nationality and culture.  Besides being someone exemplary to follow – she broke glass ceilings in more than one building.  She taught high school for decades, being one of the first black teachers, and went on to become a president of the Spokane Education Association.  At the age of 57 she embarked on a second career – as an attorney.  She mainly did civil rights cases and pro bono work; and she continued her job of teaching.  

Although I am not black, I feel she is calling me.  Her footsteps are before me, guiding me, directing me.   I will follow in her path because it is the best thing I can do to exemplify Frances Scott and women everywhere.

It is interesting to note that our Voter’s Guide this year is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the day that women were allowed to vote.   That was 1910.  We’ve come a long way, baby.


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