||Family Tree -- Map of Mississippi Delta Region -- The Inspiration -- Tennie (Tennessee) S. Self, Clarksdale -- Albertine T Reid, Sherard -- Florida B. Smith, Charleston -- Katie M. Richardson, Tunica -- Lillian B. Matthews, Indianola -- Lillie B. Jackson, Tutwiler -- Deloris M. Gresham, Drew -- Joyce Dixon Myers, Ruleville -- Ruby Hooper-White, Ruleville -- Jean C. Woodley, Dundee -- Velma T. Moore, Grapeland -- Myrlie Evers, Jackson -- Gram's Story: Hat. Coat. Purse -- Curtistene Short Davis, Leland -- Rosie H. Bynum, Leland -- Easter W. Summerville, Leland -- Rachel J. Scurlock, Charleston -- Maude W. Coleman, Greenville -- Gram's Story: My Mississippi Burning -- Annyce P. Campbell, Mound Bayou -- Leola W. Overton, Clarksdale -- Gram's Story: I Felt Like an Orphan -- Juanita W. Turney, Greenville -- Gram's Story: Gram, Me and Rick James -- Rena Butler, Clarksdale -- Ivey B. Anderson, Mound Bayou -- Gram's Story: Gram Married at 17 -- Mildred W. Lee, Marks -- Gram's Story: "Say Goodnight, Lisa" -- Rebecca "Ma Beck" Hawkins, Indianola -- Ora D. Jackson, Merigold -- Viola J. Sisson, Greenwood -- Ceola L. Causey, Drew -- Ollie L. Mack, Yazoo City -- Bettie L. Clark, Yazoo City -- Leola B. Dillard, Yazoo City -- Alma B. Tucker, Webb -- Bessie M. Thompson, Charleston -- Gram's Story: Gram Wasn't Sure I Learned Anything -- Margie T. Johnson, Hollandale -- Mary L. Chatman, Cleveland -- Gram's Story: Pop Didn't Have to Say a Word -- Delcia R. Davis, Indianola -- Easter Lee Sharp, Shaw -- Gram's Story: Decently and in Order -- Daisy Idleburg, Mound Bayou -- Gram's Story: I Never Skipped School Again -- Ruby Perry Patton, Shelby -- Annie McFarland Mister, Grenada -- Emma Eudora McGee Horton, Charleston -- Lillie V. Thompson Davis, Marks -- Gram's Story: Funny, I'm Just Like Gram -- Magolia M. Fox, Grenada -- Margaret Henry, Mound Bayou -- Gram's Story: Gram-Sweat Pants, a Blazer and High Heels -- Dorothy A. Kee, Coffeeville -- Lela J. Bearden, Sumner -- Gram's Story: A Gram Legacy -- Lillie M. Roberts, Coffeeville -- Beatrice P. Smith, Charleston -- Herma S. Mims Floyd, Sumner -- Larvarah Jones, Ruleville -- Corine Thomas, Lambert -- Irene Thornton, Lambert -- Mary Ella Young, Ruleville -- Glennie Mae Houston, Tillatoba -- Virginia Hower, Clarksdale.
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||"Inspired by memories of her beloved grandmother, photographer and author Alysia Burton Steele--picture editor on a Pulitzer Prize-winning team--combines heart-wrenching narrative with poignant photographs of more than 50 female church elders in the Mississippi Delta. These ordinary women lived extraordinary lives under the harshest conditions of the Jim Crow era and during the courageous changes of the Civil Rights Movement. With the help of local pastors, Steele recorded these living witnesses to history and folk ways, and shares the significance of being a Black woman--child, daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother in Mississippi--a Jewel of the Delta. From the stand Mrs. Tennie Self took for her marriage to be acknowledged in the phone book, to the life-threatening sacrifice required to vote for the first time, these 50 inspiring portraits are the faces of love and triumph that will teach readers faith and courage in difficult times"-- Provided by publisher.