It is difficult to describe the many ways this book impacted me. My emotions were torn between anger, sadness, joy, pride, love as I read the many different experiences described in such brutal detail.
I recalled my own childhood memories, being a northern born child of southern migrants. The summer trip to the birthplaces of my parents. I understood better some of the events/behaviors that occurred.
I was reading this book when the massacre occurred at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston SC. I was compelled to go there. I stood in front of that Church during the funeral of one of the victims and listened to this book.
I truly believe this book should be mandatory reading in all schools. I'm telling all my friends to read it!
The author should be proud of her work!
The narration was impeccable and moving. The stories are profound. This book provides such illumination on the current state of race relations in the US, making it personal and relatable to anyone. This is a must read.The combination of the writing and the narration puts you right in the moment, right in the heads of the people who had to make tough choices and endure hardships beyond the imaginations of many. It gives voice to the people who made the best choices they could for themselves and their families, but whose voices have been neglected and unheard. This book gives them their voice.
Fascinating stories of the migration of black Americans from the Jim Crow South to the North and West. An important piece of often overlooked American history. Well written. Well narrated. I couldn't stop listening.