Whatever It Takes

Linda Linda Baskerville

At age 8, Linda Baskerville was already experimenting with marijuana and hard liquor. With little education and an abusive family history, Linda soon developed an addiction to crack cocaine. As a result of her drug use, Linda’s kids were taken away from her and placed in foster care.

Even after Linda wins her children back, her poor health and severe depression rob her of the energy to care properly for them. The only thing she can do is keep track of her kids’ education. Linda’s highest hopes rest with her eldest daughter Sharifea’s dream of going to college and becoming a pediatrician. “Somebody got to break the vicious cycle,” Linda says, “somebody gotta break it.”

Born into hardship, rising to excellence

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