Living Off Grandma's Sayings


by Yvonne Starks Wilson



In Living Off Grandma's Sayings: From Leeds to the Legislature, retired Missouri State Senator Yvonne Wilson recounts her experience growing up in the segregated community of Leeds in Kansas City, Missouri, with her Grandma and describes the impact of this experience on her life as an educator, state legislator, and public servant. Lessons learned from her Grandma formed the bedrock of Senator Wilson's career in the Kansas City, Missouri, School District during the turbulent years of desegregation, her time in the Missouri House of Representatives and Missouri State Senate, her service in the Kansas City community, and her role as wife, mother, and grandmother. Throughout the book, Senator Wilson reflects on the continued value of her Grandma's sayings.