This book was a wonderful insight to how we as a nation have introduced and still not let go of slavery. At the start of each chapter, the author provides so many relevant and powerful quotes from well-known individuals. She then proceeds to go into the history of slavery and how that history has just repeated itself over the decades. She does enlighten us, however, with the fact that it’s still not too late to make a difference- and that doesn’t just include throwing money at it. Her stories of her as a child were so moving. What I also like about this book is there is no targeted audience. Anyone will benefit from this read.
The Fun of Living Together
“Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, ‘Wait.’ But … when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six year old daughter why she can’t go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky … when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of ‘nobodiness’ – then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. – from Letter from Birmingham Jail, April, 1963
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’…I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King, Jr., from his I Have a Dream Speech, August, 1963
Dr. King has waited long enough!