This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
determination. Magwood-Thomas’ father died in 1952
and Pearl Magwood was left to raise 9 children on her
own. She says that her mother spent the summers work-
ing in the fields and the winters as a maid.
“She did all this just to support us,” Magwood-
Thomas says.
She says that she and her brothers and sisters ac-
companied their mother to the fields in the summer be-
cause hiring a babysitter was not a luxury that her
mother could afford. She says that as children they
were not forced to work, but her mother encouraged
them to work in a positive, competitive way.
“For her to have had a third-grade education, she
was one of the smartest people I’ve ever known,” Mag-
wood-Thomas says. She says that during the Civil
Rights Movement, her mother allowed an activist to
stay in their home and was one of hundreds who
marched in downtown Moultrie calling for an end to
segregation. As a result, she was put in jail.
“She had courage,” she says. Magwood-Thomas
says it was also her mother who impressed upon her the
need for an education. She holds a doctorate from
Jacksonville Theological Seminary with an emphasis in
Christian education and still serves as a facilitator for
Susie Magwood-Thomas was recently named as the new site
the seminary. She says she remembers her mother buy-
supervisor for the Culbertson Head Start Center. ing a set of encyclopedias for her children so that they
wouldn’t have to walk to the library downtown, and
that her home became a library of sorts for other chil-
dren in the neighborhood. She says they didn’t have
many luxuries in life, but they had food, love, and disci-
“There was nothing in that respect that she didn’t
give us,” Magwood-Thomas says.
In 2002, along with 9 other teachers from across the
nation, Magwood-Thomas traveled to Port-de-Paix,
Haiti. The group spent 3 weeks there instructing educa-
tors how to implement “developmentally appropriate
practices” into their teaching.
Last month, Magwood-Thomas added another di-
mension to her service-oriented work. She was named
as the new site supervisor for the Culbertson Head Start
Center. She said she was encouraged to apply by the
former supervisor, Judy Holton, when Holton decided
to retire from the position. Magwood-Thomas beat out
6 other candidates for the job and was surprised by yet
another victory.
Head Start is a federally funded program that pro-
vides services to at risk children who need extra atten-
tion before entering elementary school. According to
Magwood-Thomas, the program helps to prepare the
18 Moultrie Magazine Winter 2010
Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48
Produced with Yudu -