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Guest opinion: A tribute to Mrs. Gertrude Dyer Wilks

Original post made on Feb 26, 2019

February is Black History Month, and a tribute is being made to Mrs. Gertrude Dyer Wilks, a graceful African-American woman from East Palo Alto, who passed last month. She died on Jan. 20, the same date Barack Obama was sworn in as the first African-American president of the United States of America 10 years ago.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Bill Shilstone
a resident of Woodside High School
on Feb 26, 2019 at 5:51 pm

This is one community-builder's tribute to another. Obama practiced "Yes, we can" on the national stage, Mrs. Wilks on the local.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 27, 2019 at 9:40 am

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

I remember Gertrude very well. I met with her in 1979 to obtain her support for what was then known as the Hickey-Canfield Performance Voucher Initiative. She was twelve years into her private, Nairobi Schools system, an alternative to government schools. My visit with her was memorable.

Her efforts were highlighted in the "Blue Brochure" I created to promote the Performance Voucher. Web Link

"Nearly twelve years ago one parent began a school, Wednesday nights and Saturdays, for children in her predominantly black East Palo Alto ghetto community. Today, the Nairobi Schools system corporation offers one of the best K-12 educational programs for black students in the country."

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