SEEDS OF SUCCESS REQUIRE

A NURTURING FAMILY,

AN ABIDING FAITH,

AN  UNTIRING FORTITUDE,

AN UNWAVERING FRUGALITY,

TO TURN TRIALS INTO TRIUMPHS.

One Peanut at a Time: One Woman’s Trek of Trials and Triumphs

One Peanut at A Time retraces an eighty-year journey of a young lady, a wife, mother, an educator, and a political activist, who becomes the chief executive officer of her own college prep and international boarding schools. Cleaster Whitehurst-Mims learned from her life as a sharecropper’s daughter in Enterprise Alabama to value land and family. Raised in a unique farm culture, she learned lasting lessons in family and community unity, faith, fortitude, and frugality. These virtues enabled her to overcome barriers with courage, confidence, relentless determination, and a high level of serenity.

  • Bravo! Cleaster Whitehurst-Mims for a glimpse into your extraordinary life and accomplishments.

    • Carol Mundy, Amazon.com reviewer
  • This book is a easy to read for children getting ready to go off to college or technical schools. I have a recommend this to all my family and friends.

    • Jennifer Isaac, Amazon.com reviewer
  • There is a saying that goes, 'It's not the destination but the journey.' What a journey Cleaster has taken! From her farm town in Alabama to an urban Midwest city to the hills of South Africa to the monuments of Washington DC to the white sand beaches of South Florida, Cleaster has lived an exceptionally busy life serving her community, her family, and God. One Peanut at a Time is an inspiring memoir that chronicles one woman's life of self-sacrifice, commitment, hardship, success, and deep-rooted passion. When most would have given up, Cleaster Mims endured.

    • Sowhite1113, Amazon.com reviewer
  • Dr. Cleaster Whitehurst-Mims is an extraordinary and innovative educator, political activist, and philanthropist whose journey carried her from the peanut fields to founder and chief executive officer of her own private boarding school. The lessons of faith, fortitude, and frugality learned while working on the land became the spiritual tools she used to confront life's challenges, fight life's foes, and conquer life's adversities in order to pull and pick others up from the dust of despair. One Peanut at a Time is a step-by-step guided tour of eighty years of living and learning, patience and persistence, selfless sacrifice and service.

    • Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, Esq.
  • One Peanut at a Time reveals the life of a sharecropper's daughter who was nurtured on the land and encouraged by a close, spiritual family and knitted in a unified black farm community. In Dr. Cleaster Whitehurst-Mims' humble background, love reigned supreme. The earth yielded more than copious peanut crops. It cultivated a life of self-determination, commitment, and self-confidence that prepared her to rise up and to build for herself and others.

    • The Cincinnati Herald

Cleaster Whitehurst-Mims

Dr. Cleaster Whitehurst-Mims is an extraordinary and innovative educator, political activist, and philanthropist whose journey carried her from the peanut fields to founder and chief executive officer of her own private boarding school. Raised in a unique farm culture, she learned lasting lessons in family and community unity, faith, fortitude, and frugality.

Cleaster Whitehurst-Mims

Dr. Cleaster Whitehurst-Mims is an extraordinary and innovative educator, political activist, and philanthropist whose journey carried her from the peanut fields to founder and chief executive officer of her own private boarding school. Raised in a unique farm culture, she learned lasting lessons in family and community unity, faith, fortitude, and frugality.

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