We Real Cool: Who Is The Coolest Person You’ve Known?

Gwendolyn Brooks painted an image of cool in her poem and it made me think of the first cool person I knew.

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When I was about ten, a young woman came to live with my family. Her name was Ann Cummings and she was the coolest person I had ever met. In my memory, she was a 19 year old runaway. She was light skinned with long hair, so being a young black girl influenced by…