When We Were Colored

A Mother's Story

By Eva Rutland
(Iwp Book Publishing, Paperback, 9781934178003, 152pp.)

Publication Date: May 2007

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Recounting the civil rights era from the perspective of an African American wife and mother, this memoir travels from growing up in the segregated South before World War II to postwar family life in California. Told with humor and homespun wisdom, this is the story of an ordinary woman living through extraordinary times. Through the bad and the good, this account shows a family and the people they encounterblack and whitestumbling toward a more equal and just America.

Praise For When We Were Colored

Recaptures the wisdom, resiliency, and love of a family overcoming a world once oppressively divided between black and white.”  David Levering Lewis, two-time winner, Pulitzer Prize for Biography, and author, W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography

Eva Rutland has done us all a grand favor[to] tell the powerful and poignant story of the courage and love of a black mother in a society that devalues black children.”  Cornel West, professor of religion, Princeton University, and author, Race Matters

It is inspiring and instructive for any mother interested in raising children who are healthy and whole.”  Shelley Fisher Fishkin, director of American studies, Stanford University

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