A commemorative for the maid, the domestic, “the help,” also known as Mrs. Oleatha White Davis. With a 7th grade education and married to a man who could not write his name, she vowed her children would finish college. “Absurd,” some scoffed.
For years, she vacuumed, dusted, and scrubbed for less than minimum wage. At the bus stops, she shivered or roasted, exhausted after her long day. Yet she never lost sight of her goal. Her sons did what she foretold. One graduating from Harvard University, with a doctoral degree. The other, finishing both Hampton and Howard University.
–Calvin Davis, a retired educator, is author of The Phantom Lady of Paris.