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To most people, one’s mother is the first person they ever form a lifelong bond with. She is the source of life and nourishment, love and compassion, and the person who provides the foundation for an individual’s worldview and core values. Author and veteran sociologist Velma Benson-Wilson pays tribute to her mother, a remarkable woman born Fannie Bradley, through a book titled, What’s In The Water?

Imagine a mother of seventeen living children, all single births and the majority born during the tumultuous times of the 1950s and 60s in rural Mississippi. How did she balance and cope with their spiritual, educational, financial and overall upbringing to insure that all became productive members of this society?

Fannie Bradley had tenacious faith, resilience, and perseverance in overcoming adversities and pain that would have made most an indignant human being. Fannie's mother was mentally retarded; she had no stable father figure or family, and an elementary education. Although she only lived to be 57 years of age, Fannie's legacy of love and parental principles are indelible in each of her living seventeen offspring.

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