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Dr. Danley makes empowerment for girls her life’s work

Posted in North America, Spotlight with tags , on September 10, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Austin Weekly News -Contributing writer: FINISHA O’QUINN

A double threat. A troublemaker. A black female. Dr. Lynette Danley proudly and unapologetically claims all three and encourages her sisters of color to do the same. Growing up in a middle-class family in the Austin neighborhood, she attended Howe Elementary and Currie High school. Her neighborhood was surrounded by drugs, prostitutes and gangs. While in grade school Danley’s father started using drugs and with his drug use came abuse.

“There were times when I would come home and there would be bullet holes in the ceiling from him trying to kill my mom,” she recalls. Her father would eventually be diagnosed with depression and mental illness and never again be declared sane.

Danley graduated second in her class from elementary school. Choosing Currie, because it was a performing arts school, she danced and sang, was in plays and cheerleading. She was doing it all to escape . . .

Dr. Danley makes empowerment for girls her life’s work.