For Phyllis Bivins, extreme poverty, hunger, and homelessness were just a part of growing up in 1960s Virginia. Her mother could only afford to raise her on a part-time basis, passing Phyllis around to family members and friends while seeking whatever work was fitting for a woman with a sixth-grade education. Some of the impromptu foster homes were nicer than others, but they didn’t quell the revulsions that constantly tormented her from childhood into young adulthood-like the unspeakable horrors of repeated sexual abuse and domestic violence.
While enduring the devastating traumas of poverty, abandonment, and abuse, Phyllis somehow found solace in her passionate love for education. School was her sanctuary, providing a relief that a life of pain and scarcity had stolen from her. The endearing words of her third-grade teacher implanted a seed of hope into Phyllis’s heart that grew with her, even though her stepfather’s savage beatings and an unexpected teen pregnancy. Phyllis was special with a spirit too bold to be broken, and she was determined to carve out a path for herself that would lead her far away from the only life she’d ever known.
“The initial direction of our children’s education will inevitably determine their future life; however, those who defy the odds distinguish themselves among the masses.”
— Dr. Phyllis G. Bivins-Hudson
Dr. Phyllis G. Bivins-Hudson
Dr. Phyllis Bivins-Hudson is a native of Suffolk, Virginia, however, she has been a resident of New Jersey for 50 years. She is an author, an advocate for education, a speaker, a provider of professional development, and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a private, not-for-profit public service organization whose purpose is to promote academic excellence and provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. The sorority has a strong focus on advocacy for scholarship, which is important to Dr. Hudson...(Click here to read more)
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