At the Elbows of My Elders
One Family's Journey Toward Civil Rights
By (author) Gail Milissa Grant
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At the Elbows of My Elders by Gail Milissa Grant
Book DescriptionWhile America is familiar with the modern civil rights movement begun in the 1950s, little has been published about black families throughout the country who had been fighting segregation in their local communities for decades. Their everyday battles (both individual and institutional) built the foundation for the more publicized crusade to follow. In this memoir, Gail Milissa Grant draws back the curtain on those times and presents touching vignettes of a life most Americans know nothing about.She recounts the battles fought by her father, David M. Grant, a lawyer and civil rights activist in St. Louis, and describes the challenges she faced in navigating her way through institutions marked by racial prejudice. The book also illuminates the culture of middle-class black families in those difficult times. Grant details how her family built a prosperous life through the operation of a funeral home, the practice of chiropody (podiatry), and work on the railroad and on pleasure boats that plied the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.During the 1950s, the Grant family home on the south side of St. Louis provided a refuge for many celebrated African American entertainers and political leaders who were refused accommodations by the major hotels. The Grant home was notable because it was located in a predominantly white neighborhood. St. Louis was still in the grips of Jim Crow laws, which divided blacks from whites - in schooling, housing, and most public facilities. The black community chafed under these conditions, but it also built its own institutions while fighting against the restrictions that barred blacks from full participation in society. It is the tension between what they could and could not do for themselves that energizes this memoir.The Grant family is emblematic of many black middle-class and blue-collar people who, beginning at the turn of the twentieth century, went to school, paid their dues, and forced America to face its prejudices. Through one act of courage after another, they set in motion a social movement without end.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781883982669
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Missouri Historical Society Press
Publisher: Missouri Historical Society Press
Publish Date: 15-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Gail Milissa Grant
Gail Milissa Grant was a foreign service officer with the U.S. Information Agency for more than twenty years, managing international cultural and educational exchange programs overseas. A former Assistant Professor of Art and Architectural History at Howard University, she is now a writer and public speaker based in Rome.
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