Delta jewels : in search of my grandmother's wisdom

Published 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"-- Provided by publisher.

First edition.
192 pages : illustrations, map ; 26 cm
"Portraits and Interviews with My Elders."--Cover.
Includes index.
Family Tree
Map of Mississippi Delta Region
The Inspiration
Tennie (Tennessee) S. Self, Clarksdale
Albertine T Reid, Sherard
Florida B. Smith, Charleston
Katie M. Richardson, Tunica
Lillian B. Matthews, Indianola
Lillie B. Jackson, Tutwiler
Deloris M. Gresham, Drew
Joyce Dixon Myers, Ruleville
Ruby Hooper-White, Ruleville
Jean C. Woodley, Dundee
Velma T. Moore, Grapeland
Myrlie Evers, Jackson
Gram's Story: Hat. Coat. Purse
Curtistene Short Davis, Leland
Rosie H. Bynum, Leland
Easter W. Summerville, Leland
Rachel J. Scurlock, Charleston
Maude W. Coleman, Greenville
Gram's Story: My Mississippi Burning
Annyce P. Campbell, Mound Bayou
Leola W. Overton, Clarksdale
Gram's Story: I Felt Like an Orphan
Juanita W. Turney, Greenville
Gram's Story: Gram, Me and Rick James
Rena Butler, Clarksdale
Ivey B. Anderson, Mound Bayou
Gram's Story: Gram Married at 17
Mildred W. Lee, Marks
Gram's Story: "Say Goodnight, Lisa"
Rebecca "Ma Beck" Hawkins, Indianola
Ora D. Jackson, Merigold
Viola J. Sisson, Greenwood
Ceola L. Causey, Drew
Ollie L. Mack, Yazoo City
Bettie L. Clark, Yazoo City
Leola B. Dillard, Yazoo City
Alma B. Tucker, Webb
Bessie M. Thompson, Charleston
Gram's Story: Gram Wasn't Sure I Learned Anything
Margie T. Johnson, Hollandale
Mary L. Chatman, Cleveland
Gram's Story: Pop Didn't Have to Say a Word
Delcia R. Davis, Indianola
Easter Lee Sharp, Shaw
Gram's Story: Decently and in Order
Daisy Idleburg, Mound Bayou
Gram's Story: I Never Skipped School Again
Ruby Perry Patton, Shelby
Annie McFarland Mister, Grenada
Emma Eudora McGee Horton, Charleston
Lillie V. Thompson Davis, Marks
Gram's Story: Funny, I'm Just Like Gram
Magolia M. Fox, Grenada
Margaret Henry, Mound Bayou
Gram's Story: Gram-Sweat Pants, a Blazer and High Heels
Dorothy A. Kee, Coffeeville
Lela J. Bearden, Sumner
Gram's Story: A Gram Legacy
Lillie M. Roberts, Coffeeville
Beatrice P. Smith, Charleston
Herma S. Mims Floyd, Sumner
Larvarah Jones, Ruleville
Corine Thomas, Lambert
Irene Thornton, Lambert
Mary Ella Young, Ruleville
Glennie Mae Houston, Tillatoba
Virginia Hower, Clarksdale.
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