She was bused from her tiny town, not far from Savannah, along with a handful of other black kids — children who were part of a national experiment to balance the country in the wake of Brown vs. Board of Education. She would get on the bus, in the back, eager to learn. But at school, she was taunted and spat on by her white classmates. Her teachers ignored her. She and the other black children were often sent home for made-up reasons, while their white classmates remained to learn.
She later left the South for another life in Syracuse when