Dreaming In Color Living In Black And White
Our Own Stories of Growing Up Black in America
By Laurel Holliday
(Simon Pulse, Mass Market Paperback, Abridge, Abridged, 9780671041274, 208pp.)
Publication Date: January 2000
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"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.
Laurel Holliday, formerly a college teacher, editor, and psychotherapist, now writes full time in Seattle. She is the award-winning author of the Children of Conflict series: Children in the Holocaust and World War II: Their Secret Diaries; Children of ?The Troubles?: Our Lives in the Crossfire of Northern Ireland; and Children of Israel, Children of Palestine: Our Own True Stories. Those three volumes were collected and abridged in the Archway Paperback edition titled Why Do They Hate Me?: Young Lives Caught in War and Conflict. Dreaming in Color, Living in Black and White is an abridged edition of Holliday?s fourth title in the Children of Conflict series, Children of the Dream: Our Own Stories of Growing Up Black in America. Laurel Holliday is also the author of Heartsongs, an international collection of young girls? diaries, which won a Best Book for Young Adults Award from the American Library Association.