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    Professor Spotlight: Sheryl McCarthy

    Sheryl McCarthy grew up in a segregated black community in Birmingham, Alabama, while Dr. Martin Luther King was leading the African-American Civil rights movement. She personally knew three of the victims of the 16th Baptist Church Shooting. Denise McNair, who was the daughter of her second-grade teacher, Carole Robinson, a friend who was in the same social club as McCarthy, and Cynthia Wesley, who attended the same high school as her. “I was stunned, really,” McCarthy said, recalling the tragedy. I remember thinking, “White people hate us so much that they’re willing to murder children rather than have to sit next to us at a lunch counter.” Although growing up…