Sherie Labedis was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1946. When she was ten her family moved to rural Shingle Springs, California, where she discovered a passion for civil rights when high school English teacher, Bruce Harvey, asked his students what they were willing to die for.
Galvanized by an address by Martin Luther King, Jr., Sherie help register black voters in South Carolina.
“I was galvanized by an address by Martin Luther King, Jr.,” she says today. “Meeting him was the most influential event of my life.” She was only eighteen when she participated in 1965’s Summer Community Organization and Political Education project registering black voters in Pineville, South Carolina for King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
At the end of the summer of 1965, with the financial support of the NAACP, she enrolled for a semester at Allen University, an African Methodist Episcopal college in Columbia, South Carolina. Labedis was the only white student on campus. She returned to the University of California, Berkeley where she earned a bachelor’s degree and teaching credential.
She taught history and English for thirty-five years, most of it with at-risk youth, before retiring to write You Came Here to Die, Didn’t You.
Sherie Labedis lives in Roseville, California with her husband Joe and their dog Zoё. You Came Here to Die, Didn’t You is her first book. She is available for readings of her book, book signings, seminars, and presentations. Contact Sherie online at sherielabedis.com/contact/