Sister: An African American Life in Search of Justice (Hardback)
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Sister: An African American Life in Search of Justice (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 30/05/2013
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Raised in a part of the segregated South that provided no school for African American children, Sylvia Bell White went North as a teenager, dreaming of a nursing career and a freedom defined in part by wartime rhetoric about American ideals. In Milwaukee she and her brothers persevered through racial rebuffs and discrimination to find work. Barred from the city's factories, Sylvia took adult education courses, scrubbed floors, worked as a nurse's aide.

When a Milwaukee police officer killed her younger brother Daniel Bell in 1958, the Bell family suspected a racial murder but could do nothing to prove it -until twenty years later, when one of the two officers involved in the incident unexpectedly came forward. Daniel's siblings, led by Sylvia, filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city and ultimately won a four-year battle that played out in both courtroom and media.

Telling her story in these pages, Sylvia emerges as a powerful witness, buoyant spirit, and sparkling narrator. Jody LePage's chapter introductions frame Sylvia's words in a historical span that reaches from her own enslaved grandparents to the nation's first African American president. Brimming with joy and yet profoundly serious, this oral history brings us into the presence of an extraordinary African American woman. Rarely do we hear such an authentic and engaging voice from among the ranks of the disadvantaged.

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299294342
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 231 x 157 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"If you're looking for something that's different, powerful, and sometimes delightful, then you're going to love this book."--"The Washington Informer"

"White's story . . . is a powerful and moving one told in the voice of the remarkable woman who lived it."--"OnMilwaukee.com"

"LePage intersperses richly researched historical context on the twentieth-century African American experience . . . . [and] helps convey and lend context to Bell White's deep convictions about family, education and racism."--"Madison Magazine "

"A fascinating biography, adding important insight into the African American experience in Wisconsin as well as the broader histories of migration, race, and employment in the twentieth-century United States." William P. Jones, author of The Tribe of Black Ulysses: African American Lumber Workers in the Jim Crow South"
"A vivid and moving story, Sylvia Bell White's life tracks the roots and routes of many working-class black people of her generation. But she also shows her vibrant individuality, her refusal to be the typical or the representative woman, her determination to be herself." William L. Andrews, series editor and coeditor of The Norton Anthology of African American Literature"
If you re looking for something that s different, powerful, and sometimes delightful, then you re going to love this book. The Washington Informer
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White s story . . . is a powerful and moving one told in the voice of the remarkable woman who lived it. OnMilwaukee.com
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LePage intersperses richly researched historical context on the twentieth-century African American experience . . . . [and] helps convey and lend context to Bell White s deep convictions about family, education and racism. Madison Magazine
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