Book Review..COLOR ME NEGRO This is not a book denouncing my African heritage, nor is it a book about the color of my skin. It is in essence embracing both yet firmly embracing my roots that were planted (by slavery) in America. Though short,MoreBook Review..COLOR ME NEGRO This is not a book denouncing my African heritage, nor is it a book about the color of my skin. It is in essence embracing both yet firmly embracing my roots that were planted (by slavery) in America.
Though short, bittersweet and to the point there is no revealing of family or friends Closet secrets nor does it contain any sordid stories of my marriage or the lives of my children. The manuscript contains stories of a great grand parent (who was nine years old at that time of our (so called) emancipation, as told by my grand father, who was a product of the resulting South, which includes some intriguing stories of ingenious and pure miracles that were embedded in his memory.
Still others of grandparents, in the aftermath of Slavery and their migration to the north with my mother (their only child). Included in this portion are a few incidences in the life of my mother (who was twelve years old when she reached Akron, Ohio)..a few stories of my youth and a few of my marriage and the lives of my children as I adjusted to the suburban back woods devoid of inside plumbing and electricity, for the first time in my life.
When all is said and written.the real purpose of my manuscript lies in the last portion entitled YESTERDAY IS GONE.HERE COMES TOMORROW, in which I try to encourage my people to build on the strengths of their ancestors who faced and dealt with the second largest change in their history. Reviewing the courage and fortitude they displayed by leaving the cotton fields for the city, factories and climate change.
Which has now evolved into bitterness and anger that threatens to consume us unless thwarted and reminding them of a time when ourSegregated areas (now Ghettos) were once places where we felt safe and secure in the comfort of the Church and Neighborhood Family. Finally noting, that since God has obviously ordained that we are here...has made us strong and resourceful..surely is not through with us yet. So let us open our minds to his purpose and Get about our Fathers business By a Died in the Wool, Thoroughbred, Irrevocable NEGRO.
Dora R. Smart