March 4, 2017

50 Years of ASSIMILATION: From the Midwest to the Wild West by Wanda Lee-Stevens

By Wanda Lee-Stevens

50 Years of Assimilation isn't really an African American tale, or a Black tale. it's an American tale. Dr. Martin Luther King proclaimed, “I Have a Dream” on August 28, 1963. For thousands of listeners, Dr. King’s phrases promised the outlet of a brand new and wondrous window—of equivalent opportunity—for “citizens of all color”—to reside “The American Dream.”

Author Wanda Lee-Stevens used to be born that very same 12 months, and for her, the longer term couldn't have regarded brighter. within the wake of Dr. King’s speech, she were born in a “new land” the place she may satisfy his imaginative and prescient of that ancient, transformational moment.

Now after a half-century of residing her “reality”, in a brand new publication, 50 Years of Assimilation: From the Midwest to the Wild West and all of the Blackness & Whiteness In-Between, the writer opens a deeply personal—yet public—window for all american citizens to seem extra into what it was once that Dr. King “saw” on that celebrated day. Her e-book is a “love letter”, and open letter, to Dr. King, within which she recalls, poignantly, and with deep recognize, the guy who dared to dream a destiny for her steeped “in the riches of freedom and the securities of justice.” In her letter, she asks Dr. King to seem forward, to come back together with her, and numerous fellow americans, at the lengthy, lengthy street it's been to dwell out his “Dream”.

Her publication chronicles her lifestyles, ranging from a hot, humorous, love-filled, bewildering, and insightful early life in Detroit, through the turbulent 60s and 70s, and touring throughout our nice nation to her genuine and unpredictable grownup lifestyles within the revolutionary and multi-cultural global of the San Francisco Bay quarter. Her tale tells how she depends on, and transforms, her Detroit sensibilities on the way to navigate the demanding situations of schooling, paintings, friendships, and family members, with the target of having in, becoming in, and making it. And constantly, she asks Dr. King, “Is this what you observed? is that this what you meant?”

With blunt humor and ambitious candor, the writer invitations her readers to persist with her lifestyles packed complete with fascinating, insightful, and sometimes dramatic episodes of daily occurrences—revealing the psychology of ways we american citizens search MLK’s “freedom” in the societal confines of race—and racism (Yes, Virginia, there's nonetheless racism in America): from post-civil rights social confusion to the present "post-racial" politically-correct movie that's now portrayed because the norm for America.

She observes and portrays the media-managed demonstrate of the “accomplishments” of iconic Black figures in song and movie, and in activities. while she is still seriously sincere approximately how our present society offers “more than equivalent time” to the crime and violence that also marks the Black adventure in the US. the writer herself studies injustice; occasionally strangely, and it's either overt and covert. She stocks her fight to accomplish her position in American attractiveness. simply to be “American” or simply “human” is usually a dicy pastime. Ms. Lee-Stevens authentically poses the well timed and pressing questions: Following the fiftieth Anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and The vote casting Rights Act of 1965: What does your dream of freedom rather seem like in twenty first century? And are we actually dwelling out our desires? the writer tells Dr. King, truthfully, that her personal trip has been one in all “assimilation.” #50Years, #Assimilation, #50YearsOfAssimilation, #BlackLivesMatter, #AllLivesMatter

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