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African-American Museum director receives prestigious award

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The director of the African-American Heritage Museum received a prestigious award for her work as a civil rights activist. Our Nolan Crane sat down with Ms. Lorraine Slacks who spent her life standing up for what she believes.

Lorraine Slacks went to college with hopes and dreams of becoming a nurse but she was denied enrollment after moving from Texas to Louisiana.

"When I went to northeast I was told that I could not enroll because I was an African-American. That didn't set well with me. I wasn't happy about that. I was hurt and I was disappointed," said Lorraine Slacks.

The African-American Museum in Monroe is filled with portraits and statues of civil rights heroes. Slacks has worked here for 20 years and her story is just as motivating as the other stories students come to learn about.

"While I was doing student teaching at Carroll High School Mr. Paul Neil who was the assistant superintendent came and observed me teaching English. He said do you think you can do as good of job in French as you're doing with English? I said I can do a better job," answered Slacks.

She was the first African-American to teach French in Monroe. Ms. Slacks has received countless awards for her humble personality and powerful example of courage and determination.

"She is the type of person to me, there is no obstacle. She is going to work hard on whatever she sets her mind to, whatever project she's working on," said Lena Kelley.

If pictures say a thousand words the actions of civil rights leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and our very own Ms. Lorraine slacks could speak volumes in this museum.

"I would like to be remembered as a citizen who did her best to make life better," said Lorraine slacks.

When slacks lost her right to vote because of the color of her skin she decided to join the League of Women's Voters and do something about it.

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