Rita Cloud

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"Prejudice is like the elephant in the room. No one wants to see it, no one wants to talk about it. People get afraid when they don't understand."

Rita Cloud lives social justice. Her family was the first African-American family to move to the El Cajon area fifty years ago. As a substitute teacher for the Cajon Valley School District, Rita faced discrimination by students and faculty alike. She took action by serving as Co-Captain of the Affirmative Action Committee for local schools, and joined the Friends of the El Cajon Library. As a member of the Friends, Rita successfully fought for a new library to be built that would better meet the needs of a diverse community in need of empowerment and education.

"I fought everyday to sensitize people. Sometimes you have to buck what's going on and say, 'There's a way.'"