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100 AGES, A CENTURY OF VOICES: Mable Grimes, 69, sought education

By Katie Alaimo and Alyssa Goodman (video) and Andrew Wagaman (text)
June 16, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Mable Grime, 69.

You can almost see Boone County grow up before your eyes. Today, the Columbia Missourian unveils 100 videos, one for each age from 1 to 100. In these videos, Boone County residents tell a small part about themselves that together weaves a cross-generational story about us.

COLUMBIA — People prefer, and tend to prioritize, comfort. Not Mable Grimes.

The 69-year-old African-American grew up in Dunklin County, in Missouri’s Bootheel. Cotton-picking was the primary occupation there, but Grimes wasn’t content to spend the rest of her life doing so. During her senior year of high school, she “gave a eulogy” to the cotton fields. Then she went to MU.

There weren’t many African-Americans attending the school in the early 1960s. But Grimes didn’t worry about fitting in, and she didn’t avoid questioning peers about discrimination.

“I made a lot of people uncomfortable,” she said.

View the complete project.

Supervising editor is Brian Kratzer.


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