For those of us who knew Oodgeroo well and loved her dearly our attempts to contribute to this book are difficult as we are still mourning her. I have been told to tell it like it is and to provide details of the hard-hitting edge of Oodgeroo's role as an educator. Despite being an academic I will write my contribution to this book in the style of Oodgeroo's people — that of oral history — as a tribute to Oodgeroo, her family, her friends and her people. Hence I am deliberately going to state the story I have to tell from my own personal perspective to reach out to all Australians who loved her.
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