Born in Hamburg in the 1930s, Marione Ingram fled Nazi Germany only to find racism as pervasive in the American South as anti-Semitism was in Europe.
Marione moved first to New York and then to Washington, DC. There, in 1960, she joined the Congress of Racial Equality, protesting discrimination in housing, employment, education, and other aspects of life in the nation's capital, including the denial of voting rights.
In DC Marione made a name for herself as a freedom fighter. She was a volunteer for the March on Washington and an organizer of an extended sit-in to support the Mississippi Freedom Party. A year later, at the urging of civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, Marione went south to Mississippi. She was part of a coalition to end segregation and extend civil rights to African Americans - and she was uncompromising in her demand for equality.
In Mississippi, Marione became a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee as well as an educator at one of the country's most influential Freedom Schools. The school was one of the targets of the Ku Klux Klan. When they burned a cross in front of it, she painted the word "FREEDOM" in bold letters on the charred crossbar, creating an icon in the struggle for equal rights.
As a white woman and a Holocaust refugee, Marione was the most unlikely of heroes in the fight for civil rights for African Americans. This is her empowering story - a tale of courage, strength, and determination.
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A truly moving account of one woman's struggle against things that should never have happened. Her rise through so many shocking truths, to find herself allied with other victimized groups, is a lesson for us all. This could be any one of us.
It must have been hard dealing with such dramatic material to keep the tone positive but serious. The narrator did a superb job of balancing that serious attention to the meaning of it all, while being so heartfelt at the same time.
I couldn't recommend this book more. It should be compulsory reading in schools, and they should hear the story told this way.
A fascinating, powerful story, well told. Full of insights that gave me so much to think about. The narrator was so present, so passionate at times, and in control of the sensitive material. I'm so glad I have this book.
Powerful. Beautifully written. Narrator's inflection wasn't in keeping with the author's intent or content. Painful to listen to at points for that reason.
Marione Ingram is an inspiring woman
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