Shirley Robinson Sprinkles Releases New Book

Published by Wheatmark, this new release by  Shirley Robinson Sprinkles details her Journery from Desegregation and beyond is getting positive reviews. See what a few are saying about her book “From Dunbar to Destiny”.

The fact that Shirley Robinson Sprinkles and I grew up together and have been lifelong friends does not take anything away from the fact that she has brilliantly chronicled an important era in American history. I wouldn’t expect anything else from her because she is so brilliant and full of life and dedicated to the creation of a better world. 

Shirley as well as I and everyone who attended our beloved Dunbar, a black elementary and junior high school, could have easily bought into society’s opinion of us as “less than” – but she has travelled way beyond such a tag and has illustrated clearly in her memoir how, when brawn and brain are melded together with good intentions and purposes, wonderful things can happen and a human being, no matter his or her circumstances or color, can reach for the stars and shine among them. 

Our motto at Dunbar was “Be the Best” and my friend’s writing shows that she has honored such a creed and made my old chest poke out with a level of pride that can’t be denied. If there ever was a “must read” book her’s is surely high on the list.       

– Ernest McCray “Ernie McCray” (San Diego, California)

 What an amazing journey! Every young woman should take the time to read and enjoy this book. Shirley has proven that hard work, discipline, and self-pride pay off. Her life demonstrates that when one door is closed, another door opens. Too often, young women give up and let wonderful opportunities pass them by because of an obstacle put in their path. Shirley had the courage to ‘keep steppin’. Her journey serves as an inspiration to all. 

– Sandra H. Wilkins (Fayetteville,NC)

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10 Responses to “Shirley Robinson Sprinkles Releases New Book”

  1. Jeane Wright Says:

    What a fantastic biopic of a life well-lived!!!!! For those who have had similar experiences, it is a nostalgic walk down memory lane. For those who have not, it is such an important historical learning tool. Congratulations, Shirley, it seems that whatever you do, you continue to teach; and you do it in such a way that we learn how to overcome obstacles and still succeed in our various endeavors. Thank you for your excellent example of a strong Black woman and more importantly a strong woman(of any ethnicity) who has successfully attained career, social, and family goals.

  2. Rosetta Bullock (Allen, TX. Says:

    Shirley you have eloguently written a book that anyone who attended Dunbar Elementary/Jr. High School in Tucson, Arizona, should read and be very proud of you.

    I am so glad that we have been friends for many, many years and kept up with each other all those many years. Congratulations on a great book and continue to live your dreams.

  3. Teretta Terrell-Charles Says:

    With such grand facility, my fabulous UCLA “chum” has set forth her life’s story with such brilliance, insight, and passion! In our day, she was an incredible role model and pioneer for all that should have been equal and just.

    That she experienced “risk” and conquered the incredible personal and professional challenges that have haunted us all, as we have lived, LOVED, lost, and succeeded…is a tribute to the strength, intelligence and endurance of the Black woman. In reading her beautiful book, I practically used a box of tissues, empathizing with every word…

    Having just completed Barack Obama’s magnificent “Dreams From My Father” (another box of tissues), I see many parallels—interestingly enough. But of course, both authors are brilliant! Congratulations, Dr. Shirley Sprinkles!! I am honored to call you “friend”

    Teretta Terrell-Charles (Beverly Hills, Florida)

  4. Lorraine Richardson Says:

    I enjoyed reading this history of people in Tucson where I grew up. Shirley has painted a clear picture of what it was like to attend Dunbar and the type of expectations the teachers had for the students. Those expectations are what made it possible for so many of the Dunbar students, like Shirley, to achieve what they did.

  5. Gwen Pierce Says:

    What a page turner! From the moment I opened the book and began reading the first page, I was hooked. I absolutely loved reading about Shirley’s experiences. Coming from Tucson, I am in awe of the teachers and the students (Dr. Sprinkles) that Dunbar produced.

    “From Dunbar to Destiny”, is a magnificent story! Reading about Shirley’s journey starting from humble beginnings to a triumphant ending is a historical and important journey for all to read about.

    In fact, I see a movie deal in the future.

    Congratulations Shirley on a well written Book!

  6. Shirley Robinson Sprinkles Says:

    Gwen, I’m thrilled that so many of my Tucson friends who have read the book express your same sentiments. Knowing that I’ve shared in our collective pride afforded by our upbringing is precious to me.

  7. Suzanne Nystrom Says:

    Shirley,
    Your book is a wonderful journey of courage, tenacity and determination. I am awed by your creative, entrepreneurial spirit; your dedication to justice and fairness; your ability to laugh at yourself and keep on going. I woke up to the world I did not know when I was growing up in Tucson. I am humbled by your story and so proud to now know the Shirley who made her mark in Girls State and went on to making her mark in so many arenas. A story that needed to be told and told with such honesty and heart. Thank you, Shirley, for enriching my life with your story. Much love and respect to you and your family. Suzie S. (Stofft) Nystrom

  8. Shirley Robinson Sprinkles Says:

    Suzanne,
    How delightful to find your message here on my website! Thanks so much for your kind words about my story. Indeed, there was a whole different world ’round and ’round on the other side of Tucson from where you lived! I’m glad we got to know each other–especially at Girls’ State. It was just wonderful seeing you and so many of my Mansfeld friends at the Dunbar book-signing. I know we’ll keep in touch

  9. Paige Duggins-Ujima Magazine Says:

    Hi Shirley, my name is Paige Duggins and I am an intern at Ujima Magazine. We will be attending the African American book festival next weekend and would be delighted if you would consider taking a few minutes to speak with us about your book. Ujima is a community-oriented publication and we think your message would be a fantastic fit for our upcoming issue, which will focus on Black culture with an emphasis on literature and entertainment. And as an avid reader and aspiring author myself I would so appreciate an opportunity to listen to you reflect on your career and works. Please let me know if you can find time to speak with me and it will be much appreciated! Thank you! -Paige Duggins

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