Anita Stroud (1900–1984)
“I decided I was going to work to help other children who had to come up hard like I come up, children who were unloved, children who were shoved around and didn’t get the benefits of the good things. The little ones nobody see.”
Anita Stroud, who had grown up in poverty in South Carolina, decided when she had something to give that she would give it to the neediest children. For more than a half-century, her after-school programs in public housing neighborhoods in Charlotte were among the earliest community efforts to make up for the deficiencies children had when they went to school less prepared than others. Friends and supporters founded the Anita Stroud Foundation to perpetuate her legacy.