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Centennial Oral History Project: Christy Ball

Biographical Essay



Born in Laurel, Mississippi in 1977, Professor Ball experienced her childhood in the states of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, and Oklahoma. As a young adult, her family settled in San Diego and she attended Grossmont High School. Christy worked in a variety of food service and retail management positions until enrolling at City College in 1998. She started as a part-time student, became a full-time student by taking out student loans, and successfully transferred to University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) in 2003. Professor Ball received a B.A. with a double major in English and Spanish from UC Berkeley and an M.A. with a specialization in rhetoric from San Diego State University. Her essay discusses her involvement in civil rights issues, her passion for social justice, and her participation in different marches and protests.

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