Lawanda Crayton

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Chicago, Illinois

Lawanda Crayton recently did a StoryCorps interview with Arne Duncan, the outgoing U.S. Secretary of Education, who she first met as a mentor in the “I Have a Dream” program in her elementary school 25 years ago.

She lives on the South Side of Chicago and is the mom of two teenage daughters. Crayton works as a database manager for the City of Chicago and formerly worked for Chicago Public Schools. She earned her bachelor’s from Robert Morris University and her master’s from Capella University.

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Posted Dec. 17, 2015

They Said I Was Too Broken to Be Saved

Growing up in an abusive, violent home. Struggling to survive with little money in a violent neighborhood. Angry and absent…

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