From Liberty to Magnolia: In Search of the American Dream being black and woman is a book about how racism and sexism make it difficult, and in some instances impossible, to achieve dreams and goals no matter how hard you work or prepare yourself.
The book is a true, powerful, and compelling story about the enduring scourge of racism and sexism in America. It is a personal account of how that bane of evil plays out in the lives of blacks and women despite the great promise of the American Dream being available to and achievable by everyone. It shows how, more often than not, access to the playing field and the rules of the game are not equally and fairly applied among men and women, blacks and whites, even when they come prepared with equal or better qualifications and value sets to play the game.
In search of the American Dream being black and woman can be a very difficult undertaking on both a professional and personal level. One can find themselves in a perpetual state of proving… The main character in the book persists, never giving up, no matter what is thrown at her.
This book is also hopeful, filled with expectancy. From Liberty to Magnolia will help decent and fair-minded Americans—America as a nation—see how the country has been and continues to be enslaved by its own sense of freedom. This sense of freedom is one that boasts and finds it acceptable to persistently disrespect, deny, marginalize, and minimize the value of two of its largest and greatest assets—women and people of color—when there is overwhelming evidence throughout the landscape that shows America has everything to gain by embracing two groups that make up the majority of its citizenry.
From Liberty to Magnolia: In Search of the American Dream is written for Americans from all walks of life. Those Americans who care deeply about how our great nation can become even greater if we boldly and courageously face our internal, crippling, and unnecessary fear. The fear that we stand to lose rather than gain by embracing and extending mutual respect and supporting equal rights and equal opportunity for our fellow citizens regardless of their race or gender. In search of the American Dream being black and woman can be daunting.
The book is a beacon for all who are concerned about America’s future and who want America’s children of all colors to realize their full potential. It will inform the racists and non-racists, the sexists and non-sexists. It will inspire and empower men and women who are in positions that can make a difference and have the will to do so. They include parents, teachers, policy makers, social and human rights activists, journalists, business leaders, faith leaders, and many others. Caring Americans, working together, can break the chains of racism and sexism that keep America bound.
In Search of the American Dream being black and woman requires a strong faith, resilience and a steadfast belief in America’s promises. The American Dream should be available to all American citizens.
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