Simpson is the youngest of five children and only daughter born to Johnny and Lee Bell Kendrick. Her brothers were all significantly older and one, Eddie Kendricks, became a founding member of The Temptations. Simpson grew up in Ensley and wanted to become a teacher since childhood.
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- Bryan, Kim. (October 17, 2007). "'I want my teachers to know I'm in the trenches with them.'" The Birmingham News.