Shepard Perry, Cynthia
- Kevin Hogg
United States Ambassador, was born Cynthia Norton in Burnett, Indiana, to George and Flossie Norton. She grew up with her eight siblings in the predominantly African American community of Lost Creek near Terre Haute, Indiana. From a young age, she was inspired by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who was one of the leading voices for civil rights in her husband's administration. After graduating from Otter Creek High School in Terre Haute, she remained in contact with her principal and mentor, Herbert Lamb, who helped her create a 25‐year plan to achieve her childhood dream of becoming an Ambassador to Kenya.
She married Otto Shepard in November 1946 and began a bachelor s degree but she left school to have children At Lamb s prompting Shepard Perry became active in politics She offered her services to the Indiana gubernatorial campaign of Terre Haute Mayor Ralph Tucker he informed her that ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.