Delta Jewels

Delta Jewels

In Search of My Grandmother's Wisdom

Book - 2015
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"Inspired by memories of her beloved grandmother, photographer and author Alysia Burton Steele--picture editor on a Pulitzer Prize-winning team--combines heart-wrenching narrative with poignant photographs of more than 50 female church elders in the Mississippi Delta. These ordinary women lived extraordinary lives under the harshest conditions of the Jim Crow era and during the courageous changes of the Civil Rights Movement. With the help of local pastors, Steele recorded these living witnesses to history and folk ways, and shares the significance of being a Black woman--child, daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother in Mississippi--a Jewel of the Delta. From the stand Mrs. Tennie Self took for her marriage to be acknowledged in the phone book, to the life-threatening sacrifice required to vote for the first time, these 50 inspiring portraits are the faces of love and triumph that will teach readers faith and courage in difficult times"--
Publisher: New York : Center Street, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455562848
Branch Call Number: F347.M6 S74 2015
Characteristics: 192 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm


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Apr 23, 2016

An interesting concept and a heartfelt effort. Many of the Jewel's stories are not dramatic and some don't have much passion. Many were more interested in what they would wear for the photo than what they would say or what the question was. I was hoping for something much deeper. Maybe next time!


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