Object Type: Record
In Collection: Oral History Digital Collection
Oral history.; Mrs. Lodie Marie Robinson-Cyrille was born on August 21, 1951 in Biloxi, Mississippi. As a child, she remembers meeting people from various cultures, including Africans; many were studying or serving at Keesler Air Force Base. Additionally she recalls an influence from the French culture, still intact since the earliest settlement of Biloxi. She and her siblings grew up in the segregated South during the Jim Crow era. Childhood was a time when some of their household's income was earned by catching crabs from the Gulf of Mexico or picking pecans. During the summer of 1964, Mrs. Robinson-Cyrille attended freedom school. After 1964, she attended school in Connecticut through tenth grade. She acquired her high school diploma through GED testing, going on to California State from which she graduated in 1979. In 1987, she was graduated from Southern University Law School.