was raised in Newark, New Jersey, a very tall and shy girl.
It was Lucille's mother who taught her to be proud of her height,
of who she was - and Lucille has, in turn, taught each of her children
to be proud of who they are.
Lucille had Shaquille
when she was 17 - and overcame many obstacles to support her young
son. She came off of welfare, found a job, and supported Shaquille.
She met Phillip Harrison, a staff sergeant in the Army, and had
three other children.
Shaquille was extremely
intelligent - and rebellious growing up. "He had a mind of
his own," says Lucille. "Anything we wanted him to do,
he did exactly the opposite." Shaquille describes himself as
a juvenile delinquent - until he found basketball.
make his high school team until his junior year, but his parents
helped him learn to work hard and persevere. When Shaquille left
Louisiana State University early to enter the NBA draft, he told
his parents he would return to complete his degree--a promise he
has already fulfilled. Now Lucille is attending college--an opportunity
that she says she did not have so many years ago.
A dominant player
and personality, Shaquille describes his mother as an angel. "Whenever
I lose my keys, I call my mother - even if she is 1000 miles away."
Lucille is protective of her son - and he of her. A fact, she says,
that always has been and always will be.
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