[eDebate] Ann Richards & Debate -- NYT

Stefan Bauschard SBauschard
Thu Sep 14 09:10:09 CDT 2006

NYT, http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/14/us/14richards.html?ex=1158897600&en=408a0e9bfa0492c2&ei=5065&partner=MYWAY

?We?re gonna tell how the cow ate the cabbage,? she said, bringing the great tradition of vernacular Southern oratory to the national political stage in a way that transformed the mother of four into an revered icon of feminist activism.

Dorothy Ann Willis was born Sept. 1, 1933, in Lakeview, and graduated in 1950 from Waco High school where she showed a special facility for debate. She attended the Girl?s Mock State government in Austin in her junior year and was one of two delegates chosen to attend Girl?s Nation in Washington. 

She attended Baylor University in Waco ? on a debate scholarship ? where she met her future husband, David Richards. After college, the couple moved to Austin where she earned a teaching certificate at the University of Texas in 1955 and taught social studies for several years at Fulmore Middle School.

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