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"I think it is important for all of us to pursue the truth, to pursue justice, to seek to change what’s wrong, to make it better and to not give up."- Janet Reno
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Reno was said to have inherited her mother’s tough-as-nails disposition. A native of the Florida Everglades, Reno said her mother, Jane, built their family home with her own hands, despite a lack of construction experience, and wrestled alligators.
No, she wasn’t there for a dance party. Reno attended the Grammys in 2005 to drum up interest in a musical project called “Song of America,” a 50-song compilation of folk music spanning 1492 to the present day that she would co-produce, in hopes of sharing historical music with her great-nieces and great-nephews.