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Students from Mofu Primary School in Durban, South Africa, show notes sent by Windy City Links. Since the 1990s, Bailey has led international efforts to support children.


experiences, books, a library, and more. Mofu is located in a deep rural community north of Durban with little water, electricity, or sanitation. “Students often attend school without shoes or underwear, which is unbe- lievable, since over the mountain you can see the beautiful Mabhida World Cup Stadium,” Bailey says. She has helped develop partnerships with other US and South African


organizations to provide resources in the areas of health, youth leader- ship, and clean water. She also helped provide university scholarships with assistance from the Links Fayetteville (NC) Chapter to students at Esizibeni High School located on Durban’s South Coast. A theme of Bailey’s life and ongoing career, both professional and volun-


teer, has been to open doors not only for herself but also for others. “It’s a mixed blessing, in a sense, that many of my career opportunities have been firsts,” Bailey says. “It’s a privilege and opportunity to be the first


African American in a role, but it’s also a lonely place to be. Breaking down the barriers in major organizations has been challenging. But I’ve always seen it as a pathway for opportunity for others. I always saw myself reach- ing out to make sure others could follow in my footsteps.” Bailey acknowledges that progress toward breaking the links between


race, poverty, and educational outcomes has been slow and that there is much more to be done. “It’s always a struggle to have courageous conver- sations about race and racial impacts,” Bailey says. “As I look back, what’s been rewarding is leaving a legacy with men-


tees I’ve sponsored throughout my life, both in South Africa and Chicago, some now pursuing university degrees and many already being successful professionals,” Bailey says. “My reward has been in opening up doors of opportunity for these youth across the globe.” L


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