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Friday, March 30, 2012

Peggy Quince Feature Package

Born in rural Virginia in 1948, Justice Peggy A. Quince was raised along with her four siblings by her father Solomon Quince. Growing up during the 50's and 60's, Quince says she didn't see the effects of integration until she was in college.

"Even though Brown vs Board of Education was decided when I was in the first grade, they really didn't even start to integrate the schools in Virginia until 1966 some twelve years later," says Justice Quince.

After attending Howard University as an undergrad, Justice Quince had to fight for every opportunity to advance her education. Attending Catholic University for law school, Justice Quince says there were not many women afforded her same opportunity.

"That was a time in our country when there were very few women and very few blacks in the legal profession so there were very few opportunities to go to law firms and other situations like that. But you know if there's a will, there's a way."

Justice Quince eventually landed in Florida where she worked as an assistant Attorney General and was eventually the first African American woman to be appointed to one of Florida's District Courts of Appeal. Justice Quince is passionate about many issues, one of which is voter turn out.

"Who are on our county commissions? Who are on our city commissions? It should all be important and we should all, now that we have the opportunity, we should all exercise that opportunity and go to the polls and vote." says Justice Quince.

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