Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights
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Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights

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Patricia Stephens Due fought for justice during the height of the Civil Rights era. Her daughter, Tananarive, grew up deeply enmeshed in the values of a family committed to making right whatever they saw as wrong. Together, in alternating chapters, they have written a paean to the movement—its hardships, its nameless foot soldiers, and its achievements—and an incisive exam...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 30th 2003 by One World/Ballantine (first published January 1st 2003)
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Mocha Girl
Freedom in the Family by mother-daughter authors, Tananarive Due and Patricia Stephens Due, is an account of their family's involvement in the Civil Rights movement. Told in alternating chapters, the book recounts the contributions of their family, friends and supporters in an autobiographical format. Patricia Due carefully shares her personal family history as foundation for her motivation and attraction toward the principles of racial equality. She drew courage and strength from the examples h...more
Anne Gray
If you know a teenager or college student who has any interest in the history of civil rights, I highly recommend for him or her this mother-daughter narrative by Florida activist Patricia Stephens Due and her daughter, writer Tananarive Due. It's called Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights. Pat was one of the protesters who was arrested doing sit-ins at lunch counters and other protests when she was in college and writes a fascinating story about what it...more
Martha
Jan 02, 2013 Martha rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to read a personal account of the civil rights movement
Most people are familiar with the events that happened during the civil rights struggle in Alabama and Mississippi in the 1960s, but might not know about actions that were going on elsewhere in the country. This book details civil rights demonstrations going on in Florida and also give the perspective of a black woman coming of age in the next generation; chapters on the 1960s -- first-person accounts from a leader in the Florida civil rights struggle -- are alternated with chapters written by h...more
10thumbs
Gorgeously written back-and-forth memoir of a mother's (Patricia Stephens Due) work leading the Civil Rights Movement in Tallahassee and her daughter's reflections on that work and her own place in the struggle and family.

I was honored to have met Patricia Stephens Due and her husband John Due on a couple occasions. Sadly she passed away about a month after we moved to Tallahassee — and about 18 months before the city formally memorialized her work and the work of the other 'foot soldiers' of t...more
Victoria Law
For me, the most interesting parts were to see how people in the Civil Rights movement valued Patricia Stephens Due's involvement, so much so that after she became a mother, people helped her with her children so that she could participate. for instance, when she was organizing the garbage workers' strike, movement people volunteered to babysit and every morning, at 4 am, would show up at her hotel room ready to do childcare so that Due could organize. Similarly, her account of people helping ca...more
Lillian
This book chronicles the history and struggles of the civil rights movement in Florida as told by the the strong, powerful and admirable leader, Patricia Due. It tells, as well, Patrica Due's own life story. Her daughter Tannarive, reflections on her parents activism, their story and how it affected her and her sisters and her experiences being the daughter of two powerful and committed people are both touching insightful and informative. Patricia Due's words," Remembering is the only thing tha...more
Heidi
Enjoyed the book and the history, but I think they made a mistake trying to recognize so many participants by name in the book. It became difficult to follow and a little tedious.
Lauri
Excellent read by a civil rights activist and her daughter. I thought I knew a lot about the civil rights movement in the South but learned a great deal more.
Lauren
Should be required reading for all history and social studies teachers in Florida! There is so much they don't know! Thank you!
Abigail
Very interesting book about the Civil Rights Movement.
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Tananarive Due is a novelist and a creative writing teacher who has worked as a journalist. She won the American Book Award in 2002 for her novel The Living Blood.
More about Tananarive Due...
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