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Farewell, My Friend

Derek Anderson
Derek Anderson
(photo © Cheryl Meyer)

I am heartbroken with the passing of Derek Anderson, wonderful artist and one of the best human beings I’ve known. I am grateful for his careful, caring, joyful work on our Raymond and Roxy quartet of books and for his kind friendship. My deepest condolences to his wife, Cheryl, and family. God bless and keep you, Derek.

Derek Anderson
Derek Anderson
(photo © Cheryl Meyer)

Small Shoes, Great Strides

Sixty-three years ago first graders Leona Tate, Tessie Prevost, and Gail Etienne, escorted by U.S. Marshals, made history by bravely entering the previously all-white McDonogh 19 Elementary School amidst ugly protests.

Their story is the subject of my new book project, Small Shoes, Great Strides: How Three Brave Girls Opened Doors to School Equality. The McDonogh Three (as they came to be called) were the first to desegregate Louisiana schools, entering McDonogh ten minutes prior to Ruby Bridges at William Frantz Elementary across town.

November 14, 2023, marked the 63nd Anniversary of this landmark day in New Orleans.