The ups and downs of being the black sheep in the family

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Jo Scott Cannon knew early on that she was the black sheep of her family, and ironically, it had something to do with her dad’s metaphor about a cow:

“I was one of six kids living in rural South Dakota and when we’d all pile into the car, I’d lag behind and my dad would say, ‘You’re the cow’s tail — always coming in behind,’” she said. “Kids don’t know when they’re being denigrated.”

Cannon had a passion and talent for music at an early age that distinguished her, and she also became a fierce defender of her sister with a developmental disability whenever she was bullied.

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