Gloria Gipson Suggs, a native and resident of Marshall County Mississippi, attended Henry Elementary (one and two room) School near Slayden, MS and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Holly Springs, MS. She received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology from Rust College in Holly Springs. Gloria earned a Masters Degree in Curriculum Development and Instruction at Memphis State University, now University of Memphis, in Memphis, TN. Suggs taught school in Tennessee in the public and private sectors for over 28 years. She taught the first two years of her teaching career in Clarksdale City Schools, Clarksdale, MS. Suggs served as program director and coordinator for the alternative program for Marshall County and Holly Springs School Districts.
Gloria received the following citations for her work as an educator: Leadership award - Coordinator and Workshop Presenter, Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering (SECME), 1981; Leadership Award - Computer Literacy Worshop, Memphis City School, Memphis, TN, 1989; Merit Award - Sigma Xi Science Teaching and Research Promation, University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN, 1982; Teacher Leadership Award - The National Association of Pre-College Directors and SECME, Memphis State University, Memphis, TN, 1988; Instructor Of The Year - Southeast College of Technology, Memphis, TN, 1988; Leadership Award - Alternative Education, Moyor Jim Rout, Shelby County, TN, 1995; "Cultivating Our Minds And Spirits" Award, Hughes and Raimey 17th Family Reunion, Hudsonville Church, Holly Springs, MS, 2012, "Woman Of The Year-2013", Burns United Methodist Church, Oxford, MS.
Gloria's new book, Piece-A-Way Crossroads, is a work of fiction based on the life of a couple,who lived in Marshall County, MS from the 1930s through the 1960s. It is written from the perspective of Jeannie, on of their daughters, who invities the reader to come piece-away with her as she tells their story. Jeanie introduces some of the people, places, and events her parents encountered during beautiful, difficult, and sometimes turbulent times-the Great Depression and Desegreation issues. Jeannie integreates stories, poetry and art into the storytelling format, providing the reader with a link to the past by by exploring how her parents dealt with these dificult and sensitive situations and isues. A lesson can be learned from their hard work, perseverance, and foresite in preparing their children for the future through education in a time when it was not the popular path. Thid book may be purched by visiting www.dorrancebookstore.com, phone 1800788-7654, or email Dorrordr@dorrancepublishing.com. For reading and book signing events, contact Gloria Gipson Suggs at (662)551-8648 and email@example.com.
Suggs has received the following awards for her work in the literary, performing, and visual arts: The Double Decker Artist Merit Award 2008, Oxford, MS; Outstanding Leadership Award 2008, Hudsonville C.M.E. Church, Marshall County, MS; "Aretha Payne Scholarship Foundation" Appreciation Award, American Federation of State, County, and municipal Employes (AFSCME), Martin Luther King Center, Memphis, TN, 1994; Outstanding Contribution to The Community Award 1995, Memphis City Council, Memphis, TN, 1995; Certificate of Appreciation 1995, Shelby County, TN.
Channel 9 of Tupelo, MS, Fox 13, WMC TV5, ABC 24 and 30 of Memphis, TN, WURC of Rust College and WKNA of Holly Springs, MS have spotlighted Suggs’ work. Gloria has exhibited in Ida B. Wells Museum, Marshall County Museum, and Annie’s Restaurant of Holly Springs, MS, Martin Luther King Civil Rights Museum, The Black Arts Gallery, D. Edge Art Gallery in Memphis, TN. Gloria has participated in the following arts and crafts festivals: DuSable Museum, Chicago, IL, The Gathering, Nashville, TN, Carthage, MS, Corinth, MS, Holly Springs, MS, Senatobia, MS, South Haven, MS, Ripley, MS, Germantown Festival, Germantown, TN, Atlanta, GA, Pink Palace Museum Craft show of Memphis, TN, and the Double Decker, Oxford, MS. The Commercial Appeal, The South Reporter, The Busy Bee, and Tupelo Sunday Journal have written about Suggs’ work.
Suggs exhibited her work and conducted workshops at The B.J. Chain Public Library, Olive Branch, MS and La Fayette County & Oxford Public Library in Oxford, MS, and the Corinth Public Library in Corinth, MS. Gloria was the performer for the 2012 Lyceum Series at Rust College in Holly Springs, MS.
Gloria Gipson Suggs wrote her first book, Wind-blown Memories, in 1988. Her second book, Reflections In Black and White with Shades of Red, Yellow, and Brown was written in 1998. She produced her first single record called, “Steep Is The Stairway To Heaven” in 1983. Suggs produced an album of eight contemporary gospel songs called “Such A Beautiful Day” on cassette in 1990.Gloria was a movie extra in The Client in 1990.
Gloria is married to Franklin Suggs of Chulahoma, MS. They have two children, Michael and Linda, a son-in-law, Horacio, and a grandson, Langston. Gloria is a member of St.Joseph Catholic Church in Holly Springs, MS.
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