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School renamed after education pioneer

Shirley D. Simmons (Source: WLBT) Shirley D. Simmons (Source: WLBT)
MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A pioneer for education and the metro received a big honor Sunday.

Shirley D. Simmons dedicated her life to public education for more than half a century.

Sunday, school officials renamed Northeast Madison Middle School after the longtime educator in a dedication ceremony.

Simmons is the first African-American to ever serve on the Madison County school board and the longest-serving African-American. 
She was a school board member for 35 years.

"It's what I live for. My mom taught me to do for others, especially ones who can't do for themselves. Always be that person who will go beyond the call of duty," said Simmons.

Simmons also worked for Madison County Headstart for 34 years, starting as the cleaning lady and finishing as the center's administrator.

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