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Arc Of Justice by Kevin G. Boyle

In 1925, Dr. Ossian Sweet bought a charming bungalow in a working class Detroit neighborhood.  He moved in with his wife Gladys, and that very first evening, hundreds of neighbors poured in the street in front of his home, threatening … Continue reading

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Coming Of Age In Mississippi by Anne Moody

Originally published in 1968, Coming of Age in Mississippi is the memoir of a young black woman who became a civil rights activist. This is a must read for everyone.  Moody holds nothing back, and the reader gains real insight into … Continue reading

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Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Margot Lee Shetterly grew up in Hampton, Virginia surrounded by women, who like her, were educated women of color.  Her father worked for NASA and many of the older ladies in the neighborhood were also current or former NASA employees. … Continue reading

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Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Renowned historian Doris Kearns Goodwin writes of her childhood and beloved Brooklyn Dodgers in this charming memoir entitled Wait Till Next Year.  The beauty of this little book, is that it presents a slice of Americana from not only a … Continue reading

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The Dry Grass Of August by Anna Jean Mayhew

The last in my series of books for black history month, The Dry Grass of August is a marvelous coming of age story about a young girl growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina in the 1950’s. The narrator, 15 year … Continue reading

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Womenfolks: Growing Up Down South by Shirley Abbott

Shirley Abbott’s foray into the world of southern women is an amazingly interesting combination of personal memoir, history and narratives of southern women themselves, past and present. “The difference between a lady and a belle is that the former has … Continue reading

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Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

Set in North Carolina in 1960, Jane Forrester is newly married and fresh out of college.  Despite her doctor husband’s reservations about his wife taking a job, Jane is determined to help others through social work.  She is immediately hired … Continue reading

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