There’s a chapter titled “Judy Clark” in the recently released non-fiction book, Zebratown: The True Story of a Black Ex-Con and a Single White Mother in Small Town America, by Greg Donaldson (Scribner, 2010). A woman prisoner, Karen, tells how her life changed after a single conversation with Judy:
As Karen peers into Clark’s brown eyes, she knows nothing of the woman’s background, only that there is a lovely peace there and throughout the room, and that the weight of the prison has somehow lightened. Here is the teacher who might have spotted her gifts, the mother she might have turned to. Suddenly the path ahead shines clear.