This collection of essays captures the tyranny of and triumph of growing up a colored girl in the Deep South when segregation was the law, one generation before the civil rights movement. This collection movingly reveals the insights of a child as well as the hard-won wisdom of a survivor.
About the Title (by the author)
When I was writing the chapter "A Year at Grandma's" I was thinking of her making soup while she did the washing. Grandma added leftovers, vegetables from her garden and hands full of odds and ends from her cabinets to make soup -- a real mixture of ingredients.
My mind kept going to words related to soup like simmering, bubbling, brewing and the eventual boiling over. I could see that soup spilling all through the South. The "boiling over" on Bloody Sunday was, I feel, a
result of years and years of injuries, both emotional and physical. It was the first attempt of the Civil Rights Movement to march from Selma to Montgomery to establish voters' rights. The date was March 7, 1965. On that day, 200 state troopers with tear gas, billie clubs and whips beat 500 marchers and turned them around. The terrible, bloody, violent scenes got national news coverage.
One week later, on March 15, thousands of black and white people from all over the country tried again. They marched peacefully, ending in Montgomery. Immediately thereafter, Lyndon B. Johnson asked Congress to expedite passage of
Civil Rights legislation that eliminated barriers to the right to vote.
This is the story of generations of one colored family living in Alabama and Georgia prior to 1965.
Erin Goseer Mitchell was born in Selma, Alabama. She grew up there and in Fitzgerald, Georgia one generation before the Civil Rights Movement began. Erin is a graduate of Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia and has a Master of
Music degree from Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois. She taught for 38 years and began a writing career after retiring from the Chicago Public Schools.
Life Before Bloody Sunday
by Erin Goseer Mitchell
Publisher: Ampersand, Inc.
Publication Date: 2006
Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Book Type: New