Posts tagged: Gail Caldwell Bonner
My Sunday story was about Gail Caldwell Bonner, Spokane's first black Lilac Princess, elected in 1963 from Marycliff High School in Spokane.
I interviewed Gail and three of the friends who rallied around her to get her nominated 50 years ago in a history making move.
As I transcribed the interviews, I found myself with tears in my eyes. Unusual. Several people emailed me today to tell me the story brought tears to their eyes, too.
I think they are tears of gratitude, for these women who, 50 years ago, knew our country's future was going to be a lot more color blind and judge people more readily on things other than their race.
They were prophets, Maryclff style. So glad I got to tell their story.
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