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As a mixed family-her father was Cherokee and Black and her mother was White-Laurie's parents had to combat a high degree of prejudice. They were neverthless strong people and instilled strong values and principles in their children: the importance of perseverance, education, family history, and ancestry. A tight-knit family, they spent evenings playing music and playing checkers.

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