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Growing Up Black in The Jim Crow South is Diana Boone's life story. Born and raised in Drew, Mississippi during the turbulent times of the late 1950s, and early 60s, Diana Boone experiences the segregation and racism that is prevalent in the Deep South. She also witnesses firsthand the rise of the Civil Rights Movement in America. After traveling north to escape the problems and poverty of Mississippi, Diana finds herself trapped in a brutal cycle of spousal abuse and more covert racism. Eventually, she finds herself and her young children out on the street with limited resources and no friends in a cold, hostile world. Diana realizes she must adapt and overcome or die. Through it all, Diana struggles to find her way, but is hindered by her own set of family secrets . . . Secrets of who her birth parents are and why the other members of her family never talk about them except in hushed whispers. Growing Up Black in The Jim Crow South is the remarkable and uplifting story of her step-by-step climb out of the ghetto, and her eventual quest to find out the truth about her own family secrets. Diana Boone is a role model not only for her generation, but for all young, Black women as well.
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