evamarie85 (evamarie85) wrote in sistercircle,

90-year-old blind African American Author republishes her memoir

My 90-year-old grandmother, Eva Rutland www.evarutland.com, is signing copies of her republished memoir "When We Were Colored, a Mother's Story." Originally published in 1964, it tells the story of a middle class black woman who grew up in Atlanta, GA before the Second World War, moved West after the war and raised her children in Sacramento in the 1950s and 1960s during the early days of integration. The book tells the story of the black middle class before the Civil Rights Movement, a story that is often left out of history books. This is not a book about lynchings and sit-ins. It tells the story of the smaller struggles, the story of being the first black man in a prominent position in a previously all white work place, being the only black woman in the PTA or the only black child in the classroom. Ms. Rutland is blind but continues to write and has published over 20 novels. She is currently working on a sequel to When We Were Colored tentatively entitled "Tales of a Negro Grandma." Please pick up the book and post your opinions. Grandma loves to hear from her fans and I will read your comments to her.

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