Clara Mcbride Hale

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  • ''I'm not an American hero. I'm a person that loves children.''
    Clara Mcbride Hale (1905-1992), African American child care worker. As quoted in I Dream a World, by Brian Lanker (1989). Hale was a poor mother of two who was widowed when her children were only five and six years old. She went on to raise forty foster children to successful adulthoods and to found Hale House (b. 1973) in the Harlem section of New York City. Hale House was a shelter for the babies of drug-addicted mothers. In 1985, President Ronald Reagan had cited her as "an American hero."
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