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First Black Cheerleader Andrea Stimpson - Brooks Reflects on Experiences That Shaped Her as a Child

Updated: Feb 16, 2021

Andrea Stimpson - Brooks, known affectionately to the community as 'Andie Stimpson' is the descendant of the Founding Families of Black Plano. Her grandfathers are Mose Stimpson, Andie Drake, and Baby Doll.

Listening to Learn: In this interview held at the historic Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Andie Stimpson recalls her childhood, family life, and school life as a young girl in Plano. This interview was conducted by Dr. Tamara Thomas. The questions below can all be answered from watching the interview.

  1. What were the names of Andie's grandparents and what were their roles in the community?

  2. What was the name of the first school Andie attended?

  3. What grade was Andie when the schools finally integrated?

  4. How did Andie describe her school experience the first year once schools finally integrated?

  5. What did Andie and her siblings do in their spare time?

  6. Is Andie the oldest, youngest, or middle child?

  7. How did Andie's family celebrate holidays and which holidays did Andie's family celebrate?

  8. What did Andie's grandparents think was important to learn?

  9. How did Andie's family celebrate birthdays?

  10. What are some of the family heirlooms that were passed down to her?

  11. What were some of the stories that Andie recalls from their grandparents and what does she remember about the stories they told her?

  12. What role did religion play in Andie's family?

  13. Which church did Andie's grandfather tell her she was going to when she wouldn't have a chance to attend church?

  14. What book did Andie show Dr. Thomas in the interview?

  15. What are some of the activities Andie participated in during high school?

  16. What were some of the differences between Andie's early school experience compared to high school?

  17. What are some skills that Andie considered is important as a person?

  18. What does Andie remember about her birthday as a young child and then her birthday later in life?

  19. What were 2 events that occurred during Andie's childhood that made the community very sad?

  20. How has the neighborhood changed over time?

  21. What kind of businesses did the neighborhood have?

  22. What was Andie's message to future generations about learning about people before them?

Exhibit Activity & Discussion:

  1. How is your life similar to the experiences Andie mentioned about her childhood?

  2. What extra-curricular activities do you participate in and which one do you enjoy the most?

  3. Does your family practice a religion? What role does religion play in your home, community, and life?

  4. Have you attended or know anyone that attended any of the schools that Andie mentioned?

  5. Are you the oldest, youngest, middle child, or only child?

  6. Andie mentioned remembering the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a very sad time in history when she was a child. Are there any events that occurred locally or nationally that made you feel the same way that Andie described?

  7. What did you learn about growing up during Andie's childhood?

  8. What are some similarities that you share with Andie?

  9. How do you celebrate special times like birthdays and holidays?

  10. If you celebrated your birthday like Andie's family, what would you pick as your favorite meal?

This Exhibit is Sponsored By Douglass Visions Committee

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