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Mildred D Taylor


USA flag (b.1943)

Mildred D. Taylor was born in Jackson, Mississippi. She is the daughter of Wilbert Lee and Deletha Marie (Davis) Taylor. Even though she was born in the South, she did not grow up there. Yet, for Ms. Taylor, the South still holds pleasant memories as the home of her family. When she was only three months old, her parents moved her and her sister to live in the North.
They moved to a newly-integrated Ohio town called Toledo. When she went to school, she was the only black child in her class. Her father decided to leave the South in the mid-1940's because he did not want his children to live their lives as he had lived his, in a segregated, racist society that allowed little or no opportunity to blacks.
Over the years she came to know the South through the yearly trips her family took to Mississippi and through the stories told whenever the family gathered.