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Essay: Fifth Ward, Houston, 1952 — One Girl’s Story

In this excerpt from her new memoir, “Up Home,” Ruth J. Simmons recalls moving to Houston at age 6 from rural East Texas. She would go on to serve as president of Smith College, Brown University and Prairie View A&M.

By Ruth J. Simmons
Ruth Simmons, 7, in a photo taken in 1952.

Family photo taken in May 1957 in Houston.
From the book UP HOME: One Girl’s Journey by Ruth Simmons. Copyright © 2023 by Ruth J. Simmons. Published by Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.
Ruth Simmons graduated from Phillis Wheatley High School in May 1963.

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