Tuskegee resident tells story of ‘torn life’ as an Indian immigrant in rural Alabama


June Samuel poses with a copy of her book “The Audacity to Carry On” at her home in Tuskegee, Ala., on Friday, June 17, 2022.

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June Samuel poses with a copy of her book “The Audacity to Carry On” at her home in Tuskegee, Ala., on Friday, June 17, 2022.

June Samuel knows struggle.

Her parents moved to Alabama when she was 8 years old, leaving her in India to be raised by her grandfather. They kept up a relationship across seas but traveling or communicating back and forth wasn’t easy in the 60s.

By the time Samuel worked her way through medical school and got married, she had gathered up enough resources to…