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born April 12, 1955

I met Sandra through Brenda Coley because that’s Brenda's wife. I’ve been to their house a few times. Sandra’s supposed to help me do a garden bed because she’s over a project called Victory Garden Initiative where they help teach you how to grow fruits and vegetables. They give you all the supplies you need to get started. I'm looking forward to that. 

Sandra’s very down-to-earth. She’s a very nice person inside and out. Growing up, her parents said if she didn’t go to church on Sunday that meant she couldn’t go out and do anything the rest of the week. So she spent a lot of time at home reading. That girl went on to write her own books, and she still loves to read. 

I was given a personal copy of Sandra’s book about the history of Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood that she even signed for me. If you don't have the book it's a must read. Sandra–or Dr. Jones, as we should call her–got her PhD and taught at UW-Milwaukee in the African and African Diaspora Studies department. It wasn’t easy getting there though. She dropped out of high school, had to go back and get her GED. Then she went on to get her PhD!

Dr. Sandra


Dr. Sandra Jones

Illustration by Ellery Pascual

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