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Millie McDade Woods


I have just published my memoirs (Aug 2013): “The Journey into the Life of a Southern Black Family, Both Ordinary and Profound.” This memoir chronicles my ancestral family for 178 years; we are still in this hamlet. Since the inception, my family found it necessary to share, teach, model and endear our history with great pride. Even in the face of segregation, my ancestors found ways to esteem the contributions of African. A special chapter in my book tells of my grandfather’s subtle way of telling the entire county about Jackie Robinson, when he hit his first home run. We are presently sending the fourth generation to college. My family lived in a enclave where there were Black doctors, teachers, lawyers, engineers, and the ordinary served as role models. We attended lyceums on the college campus where my mother and her siblings attended. There were also African American speakers etc. My home afforded me books about African Americans as well as my schools. I learned from teachers and professors. My family was the first to teach me about our history. In my opinion, the family should be the one to introduce their children about our culture. I intenyionally taught my sons. They are proud African American professional men. They know their history WELL!

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