Best-selling author Tananarive Due, along with her mother Patricia Stephens Due, exposes the ups and downs of the ongoing struggle for equal rights for African-Americans in a society that frequently subjugates them to less-than-first-class status. Mrs. Due was an activist during the turbulent Civil Rights movements of the 50's and 60's. She participated in various sit-ins and jail-ins that sprang up all over the South during the period. Such actions resulted in monumental changes that altered the Southern social landscape. The younger Tananarive, though coming from a later generation, experienced some of the same prejudices and biases as she struggled to chart a career for herself in the South. As a young teen, she witnessed the riots that erupted following the murder by police of an African-American male. Alternating between chapters, mother and daughter provide a revealing look at the South's racially divided past with the hope that such information will serve to make for a better future.
This report prepared by Reginald D. Garrard