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Dreaming In Color Living In Black And White

Dreaming In Color Living In Black And White

Our Own Stories of Growing Up Black in America

For Ages: 14 and up
"I constantly questioned myself as a child. All of the positive images of poeple I'd seen were white. To be beautiful, ou not only had to be stick-skinny, with no behind, you had to have long silky blong hair and blue eyes, a thin nose, and thin lips. I just didn't measure up."
-- Charisse Nesbit, Maryland

These true stories from every part of America tell what it was like growing up in world where the color of people's skin set them apart.

How do you feel when a teacher doesn't believe that you wrote the story he thinks is great?

How can you make friends and belong in a black school when your father is black and your mother is Puerto Rican?

What do you do whn you're working in the kitchen o a summer camp in Vermont, but you're not allowed to swim in the camp lake?

All the writer's pain, confusion, humiliation, and rage are vividly expressed. but many of them went on to struggle against overwhelming odds and realize their dreams. Their voices offer hope, inspiration, and a challenge to us all.
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  • Simon Pulse | 
  • 208 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442471771 | 
  • May 2012 | 
  • Grades 7 and up
List Price $13.99

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CHAPTER 1 - Amitiyah Elayne Hyman

A minister in the Presbyterian church for eighteen years, Amitiyah Elayne Hyman began her own company called SpiritWorks in Washington, D.C., in 1998. Consulting with individuals and institutions, she designs prayers and rituals that assist people with self-acceptance, self-love, and the ability to be open and vulnerable to others. As a "mixed-blood woman," she brings African, Native American, and European traditions together in her rituals.

Amitiyah's writing also serves as a healing ritual. "Racism fed a cycle of abuse in which I was trapped as a child," she says, "and writing out this story... see more


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