- File Size: 21796 KB
- Print Length: 183 pages
- Publisher: Center Street (April 7, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 7, 2015
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00P74VI50
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,639,377 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"What a beautiful celebration of these treasured women. Steele has created a loving memory through these stories and rich portraiture for all of us and for the ages. This book SINGS!"―Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe
"Diamonds don't shine like this book's treasures."―Roy Blount, Jr.
"Delta is a place in memory-a repository of the cotton we picked, the 'Whites Only' signs we obeyed, and the strange fruit found hanging in the trees and bobbing in the rivers during the long, strange night of Jim Crow's America. Veteran photojournalist Alysia Burton Steele plumbs that place in memory through the words and images of over 50 ordinary mothers who made it through that night and emerged with tales to tell."―Leonard Pitts, Jr., nationally syndicated columnist and author of Freeman
"It has been said that when an old person dies, a library burns to the ground. Alysia Steele's Delta Jewels prevents the tragedy of such a monumental loss by lovingly documenting and curating the powerful stories of these amazing Mississippi women. They are the stories that our culture most often overlooks, underestimates, or denies, but exactly the ones we most need to hear in our troubled times, if we are to learn of grace and dignity and resilience and liberation."―Susan M. Glisson, Executive Director, William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation
"Alysia Burton Steele's Delta Jewels presents to us a visual landscape of immeasurable wealth, wisdom, and dignity. We witness truth, history, memory, and the unforgettable legacy of fifty extraordinary women who share their stories and lives with us. Steele's photographs are hymns, diamonds, work songs, and enduring fields of the South's strongest flowers. Their faces and voices speak clearly in the bright gospel of Steele's intimate and spiritual testimony. Here, you will find in the honor of Steele's portraits, again and again, the triumph of joy and survival in the church elder women's eyes that shine back at you."―Rachel Eliza Griffiths, author of Mule & Pear, Black Caucus of the American Library Association Poetry Award recipient
"Alysia Burton Steele takes us deep into the Mississippi Delta to meet the matriarchs of black church congregations as they share their poignant and often heartbreaking stories of growing up and raising families during the Jim Crow era. But this is more than a journalistic endeavor. Steele hoped these "church mothers" would help her understand the relatively unknown black side of her own biracial family. With grace and candor, these quietly courageous women teach us all about love, faith, hope, and resilience. Through these mesmerizing images and resonant words, I could hear their voices and feel their presence. I was captivated by every one of these 'jewels.' This beautiful book is one to be treasured, re-read, and shared for years to come."―Susan Puckett, author of Eat Drink Delta: A Hungry Traveler's Journey Through the Soul of the South --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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As each Detla Jewel's story is personal, insightful and sometimes full of sorrow, so is the author's story. As I learn about these women, their loves, their dreams, their desires, emphasis on the importance of education... and their hardships - I can't help to think of my own grandmother, who was raised in the South. As the reader - I questioned my own relationship with my Grandmother Dooley, who passed roughly 7 years ago.
With each story - I found/learned something new - and yet something oddly relatable, which really made the words jump off the page and into my own life.
There is an importance that is undeniable with each woman featured in the book.
I think the author, Alysia Burton Steele, might just be the modern day Studs Terkel.