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Maizee Lennan was born in 1929 in Panama City. Her mother was from Jamaica and her father from British Grenada. Maizee lived in a culturally-diverse neighborhood, but one wherein West Indians still formed a close-knit community. Lennan remembers the fun activities she did with her father and siblings—like hiking and visiting the beach—but remembers that nearly every day of the year (even during summer vacation) was devoted to education. Indeed, even though many West Indians were unable to finish even secondary school, they maintained high hopes for the education of their children, and they never lost sight of its importance. “My father never gave up on his education,” says Maizee.
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