What Keeps Me Standing
Letters from Black Grandmothers on Peace, Hope and Inspiration
By Dennis Kimbro
Broadway Books, Paperback, 9780767912389, 288pp.
Publication Date: April 5, 2005
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Over a period of five years, Kimbro contacted one thousand grandmothers--women from a wide range of backgrounds and locations--asking, "If you had to write a one page letter to your children or the next generation, what would you tell them about life?" Their answers, collected here, show that success in life cannot be measured in terms of wealth and material goods alone. The lives they describe and the advice they proffer capture both a richness in spirit and a strong belief in the power of every individual to take charge of his or her own destiny. In the face of racism, both blatant and subtle, financial struggles, and personal setbacks, black grandmothers have helped their communities in thousands of tangible and intangible ways, providing support, inspiration, and love not only to their own children and grandchildren but also to neighbors, friends, and extended families.
Filled with examples of how even the smallest acts of kindness and compassion can make a difference in the world, What Keeps Me Standing is a treasure trove of the wisdom that comes with years of experience, transformation, and growth. It is the perfect gift.
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“This is a sage and inspiring collection that passes on words of wisdom, faith, and support.” —Booklist
“This book is a concise guide to life’s most probing questions about love, self-fulfillment, and more. It’s a perfect gift for any reader, especially on Mother’s Day, graduations, and birthdays.” —Upscale
“Sage advice and inspirational stories from grandmothers across the country and from all walks of life . . . their words are moving.” —Today’s Black Woman