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By ANASTASIA BUSIEK IN SPRING 1965,


Adrienne Y. Bailey and a


group of her Mundelein College classmates marched on Selma, Alabama, in support of civil rights. She knew it was a crucial moment for social change. “The Student Activity Council posted a sign inviting people to join the


march,” Bailey recalls. “You couldn’t help but be affected by what was coming across the TV. We felt we had to answer Dr. King’s call to go to Selma and give witness. Mundelein had a place there, and I was happy to represent the col- lege, along with 27 other students.” What Bailey didn’t yet know was how the experience would reverberate throughout her own life and career.


A longtime student of the French language, Bailey left shortly after Selma


to study abroad in France. She graduated from Mundelein with a degree in French and secondary education and planned to be a French teacher. But she soon found that French teachers weren’t in great demand. So she started to look for something else. Soon after taking a summer job as a neighborhood youth corps supervisor at the South Shore YMCA, Bailey heard about a program coordinator position at the Circle Maxwell YMCA. Bailey’s experience at the YMCA changed her career path, stoking her


enthusiasm for community activism through education. “That experience was my first real base in a community activism role,” she


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