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Lulu Sadler Craig was born August 12, 1868 in Platt County Missouri. More than a century later, family, friends and admirers gather in Manzanola, Colorado to help her celebrate her 102nd birthday. Five generations of relatives travel from all over the country to honor the life and legacy of this remarkably resilient woman. The daughter of former slaves, Mrs. Craig has seen it all. Her parents were among the first settlers of a Black colony in Nicodemus, Kansas. At the age of ten, Lulu crossed the plains of Kansas in a covered wagon. She went to school with George Washington Carver, whom she knew until his death. As a young woman, she attended Kansas State Teachers College, and eventually taught school for 55 years. She also raised eight children. Happy Birthday Mrs. Craig weaves American history with personal insights, as Mrs. Craig recalls the challenges, the hardships, and the joys she and her family encountered over the past 100 years. Her stories are interspersed with a classroom discussion of her life as well as interviews with those who know her best, including her sisters, her daughters, cousins, grandchildren, and especially her great granddaughter. Only 21, Margery ponders what it meant to be a Black woman whose life straddled two centuries: "Every time I read about pioneers, I think 'Wow, my great grandmother is one and she's still living.'" From early memories of covered wagons to such modern day wonders as the automobile and the television, Happy Birthday Mrs. Craig looks back on a life that has seen its share of technological advances, too many wars, and hard fought struggles for Civil Rights. More so than a birthday letter from a state senator or a message she receives from the president of the United States, Mrs. Craig treasures the relatives who greet her and embrace the lessons of wisdom she has imparted to them.
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