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TEN GENERATIONS OF BONDAGE is the story about an African American Family in America, from enslavement to the 21st Century. This Lewis-Green historical account begins in 1740 with Violet. A freeborn "Negro," she sues her employer for the unjust extension of her indentured servitude. Despite Violet's best efforts, freedom slips away and slavery becomes the family's horrific reality. This touching narrative is one that contains numerous atrocities. There is the enslaved Syntha, who was sold at least six times. There is Kitty, the proud African, kidnapped from her homeland and arriving in America in chains. And there's Tom, a Native American who finds himself enslaved in an attempt to rescue his wife from it. Very clearly, the author's ancestors are property at the mercy of others. They are bought, sold, traded, loaned, beaten, bred, and even willed. It appears as though a change has come in the fifth generation. Emancipation, however, presents an entirely new set of challenges. There is a desperate attempt to reconnect the fragmented families as former slave owners attempt to reclaim the people they view as property. The family's journey continues through Jim Crow, the Civil Rights era and Generation X. Racism evolves and becomes refined. Through all of the changes, there is one constant. This is a family that refuses to let go of its faith. This story is a testament to the strength of the Black family. In the end, it is not simply the Lewis-Green history. It is the history of Black America!
Zuton Green, Editor
Foreword by Olisa Yaa Ajinaku
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A Denver native, Johari is married, a mother of three and a Grandmother of ten. She graduated magna cum laude from MSCD and attended Denver University Law School. Johari has written numerous articles about the Black experience, and regularly speaks to classes and organizations. After researching her roots, Johari decided to write her memoirs for her grandchildren. Believing that the names and dates would be more meaningful in "story-form," she combined oral history from her elders, with the "stories" contained in historical documents. After learning about her project, her family encouraged her to share Ten Generations of Bondage with others.
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