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Auburn alumna and MacArthur winner Sophia Bracy Harris has recently published a memoir about child care advocacy titled "Finding My Own Way: A Journey to Wholeness Against the Odds."

In 1991, Harris, a 1972 graduate, was honored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for her efforts to improve child care in Alabama and around the country, with the goal of creating democratic systems of high-quality, inclusive care. As the founding director of the Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama, or FOCAL, Harris’ work took the organization far beyond providing daycare for low-income families. For more than 40 years, she inspired the organization’s successes at setting national child care quality standards, educating lawmakers and policy directors, training hundreds of child care workers and activists and furthering Black community development.

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