Sandi L. Etheredge

As Interviewed by Emily Etheredge, March 16, 2011
"I have a problem with people preaching one thing then practicing another"
Sandi L. Etheredge

Introductory Profile: About Sandi Etheredge

My interviewee’s name is Sandra Etheredge and she talked about racist and sexist segregation of the Civil Rights Movement. She talked about her experiences as a teacher that she saw with the kids in her classes, and the segregation from when she was growing up. Her parents both disagreed with her decisions about the subject so she was on her own and when she tried to go to college her father wouldn’t sign the papers at first just because she was a female. Since she grew up in very integrated community she never really heard very much about segregation until she was out of high school, but then she realized how derogatory about certain types of people the world is.

Sandra Etheredge is comforting person, she loves children so much so that she decided to get her Ph.D. in education, and she just looks, and sounds, like she would be really nice. She ‘s not tall but she’s not short either and she smiles a lot.

She was born in 1942 in Providence Rhode Island but didn’t grow up in any specific place, because she moved around a lot. This was because her dad was in the service and stationed in different places during her life. She went to twelve different schools in her twelve years of schooling and often moved in the middle of the school year making it harder to fit in. She went to college right after high school after being the first in her family to graduate from high school and she had much trouble with her family’s support in her quest for more education. She later became a teacher and then a principal and went back to college four times, the last time resulting in a Ph.D. in education.

The overall theme of the interview was relaxed and happy, she was excited to be discussing her childhood and how far we have come in terms of segregation. There was laughter and story telling like a regular interview and she was very cooperative with me and the interview, which is sometimes hard to get from your interviewee.

This interview was about the big issue of segregation and how the people around my interviewee were acting on this issue. It’s important to know your past so that you don’t make the same mistakes in the future and that is why this interview is so helpful.