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Unafraid of the Dark: A Memoirby Rosemary L. Bray
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In her deeply affecting, vividly written memoir, Rosemary L. Bray describes with remarkable frankness growing up poor in Chicago in the 1960s, and her childhood shaped by welfare, the Roman Catholic Church, and the civil rights movement.
Bray writes poignantly of her lasting dread of the cold and the dark that characterized her years of poverty; of her mother's extraordinary strength and resourcefulness; and of the system that miraculously enabled her mother to scrape together enough to keep the children fed and clothed. Bray's parents, held together by their ambitions for their children and painfully divided by their poverty, punctuate young Rosemary's nights with their violent fights and define her days with their struggles.
This powerful, ultimately inspiring book is a moving testimony of the history Bray overcame, and the racial obstacles she continues to see in her children's way.
In this Memoir, Rosemary Bray describes growing up poor in Chicago in the 1960s and becoming one of the first black women at Yale - and she shows why changes in the welfare system make it virtually impossible for her inspiring story to happen today. When Rosemary Bray's mother decides to apply for welfare, it creates a rift between her parents, and yet it proves to be the salvation of the family, enabling the Bray children to be educated - and education was the one thing her parents agreed upon as the only way to a better life. Bray writes movingly about her resourceful mother, who joins the Catholic church and shepherds the children to school. The nuns at the Catholic school spot Rosemary's potential and arrange for her to become one of the few black children at Parker, a predominantly white private school on the other side of Chicago. In a series of powerful vignettes, Bray describes the shock of discovering the discrepancies between her life and the lives of her affluent classmates. She writes of the experiences that gave her hope: a teacher fostering her development and choosing her to play the title role in Alice in Wonderland; the thrill of being accepted at Yale; falling in love; becoming a journalist; and, ultimately, becoming a mother.
In this inspiring and candid memoir, a former editor of "The New York Times Book Review" describes growing up poor in Chicago in the 1960s and becoming one of the first black women at Yale.
About the Author
Rosemary L. Bray is a writer and former editor for The New York Times Book Review, Essence, The Wall Street Journal, and Ms. , as well as the author of a children's book, Martin Luther King. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children.
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