By Judith Rollins
With intelligence, perception, and humor, Odette Harper Hines describes her lifestyles a existence that reversed the trend of the nice Migration through starting in prosperity within the city North and getting into the small-town South. Recorded by way of Judith Rollins over 8 years, this intimate narrative is an strange collaboration among African American girls who symbolize generations of civil rights activists. Born in manhattan right into a cozy kin, Hines' activism all started within the Abyssinian Baptist Church in her youngsters and persisted all through her existence as she witnessed the good melancholy in Harlem, labored at the WPA Writers venture, grew to become exposure director of the NAACP, and volunteered for the pink pass in Europe in the course of WWII. whilst she moved to Louisiana in 1946, she persisted to problem racial injustice and risked her existence to deal with civil rights employees within the early Sixties (Rollins, between them). She later began and directed the Headstart application in her parish. all through this narrative, Hines describes her relationships with such figures as Mary McLeod Bethune, Adam Clayton Powell, Walter White, Thurgood Marshall, Ella Baker, Marcus Garvey, Claude McKay, Ralph Ellison, and so on. but Hines' memoir is not just approximately her public lifestyles. She courageously finds her own lifestyles and personal discomfort. Twenty-eight pictures generally from Hines' relatives album accuentuate this oral background that's, as Rollins states in her creation, 'a advanced and textured portrait of a unprecedented 20th century American woman.' writer observe: Judith Rollins is affiliate Professor of Africana stories and Sociology at Wellesley university, and the writer of "Between girls: Domestics and Their Employers" (Temple).
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So, finally, the poor man complained. And, at first, my great-grandmother was indignant: "What do you think we're raising in here? They wouldn't do anything like that! " But he insisted that that was what was happening. So she decided, I guess, that all children will do something sometimes, and she planted herself in an area where she could see what was going on. We couldn't see her. And she caught us. She seemed to think I was an innocent bystander. So I didn't get punished but the boys did get spankings for that.
Civil rights movementsUnited StatesHistory20th century. Afro-AmericansCivil rights. Hines, Odette Harper. II. Title. H. R. . . . " 146 Chapter IX The Fifties: "What Color Is Cotton? " 228 Notes 249 Index 257 Page ix Preface I first saw odette hines in the late summer of 1964 as she walked excitedly from the back of her house in Alexandria, Louisiana, to greet us as we parked our car in her driveway. Clearly happy to see usfour young civil rights workers who had just driven the approximately two hours from the state office of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in Plaquemineshe welcomed us eagerly and invited us in.
That girl spends money like water," she'd say. And I had a darning egg to darn Jimmy's socks. She snatched the thing away from me! She said proudly, "He's never worn a pair of darned socks in his life. " And yet this was a woman who had scrubbed floors and had lined her own wornout shoes with layers of cardboard to get him through medical school. But my frugality came from my family's frugal habits. At the same time, though, I felt very indulged at home. Besides all the kind relatives, my mother had chosen three good friends to be my godmothers and they were also extremely generous to me.
All is never said: the narrative of Odette Harper Hines by Judith Rollins