Please join Square Books as we celebrate local author and historian Dottie Chapman Reed and her book Outstanding Black Women of Yalobusha County: Their Stories and Their Contributions to a Mississippi Community. Wednesday, September 28th, 4:00 PM @ Off Square Books
In partnership with the UM Center for the Study of Southern Culture and the J.D. Williams Library, Dottie will present her book on Thursday, September 29th at 12:00 pm in the Faulkner Room at the J.D. Williams Library. As a part of the sixtieth anniversary of integration on the University of Mississippi's campus, Chapman Reed's presentation will not only focus on her early life in Water Valley, but her time at the University of Mississippi after its integration. She will also discuss her work on the "Black Families of Yalobusha County" oral history project with the University's Center for the Study of Southern Culture.
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About the Book
"The black women featured in this book made a way out of no way–and not just any old way – but a good way. They got in good trouble long before the late Congressman John Lewis coined the phrase – strong, black and southern and no doubt just like his mother. They wanted more for their children than they would live to see or obtain. Just imagine how much better our society might be now had these women been given the rights and privileges of white Americans. These Black women were left behind, but they refused to quit. For if they had, we would not have former first lady Michelle Obama, activist Stacey Abrams and Kamala Harris, the first black woman vice president of the United States of America."
Dottie Chapman Reed began this project as a series in the North Mississippi Herald. What started as a bi-monthly column grew over two years into an endeavor with students in the University of Mississippi's Southern Studies Department and countless contributors open to sharing their stories and those of their ancestors. These oral histories have been collected and compiled into her book Outstanding Black Women of Yalobusha County: Their Stories and Their Contributions to a Mississippi Community.
About the Author
A native of Water Valley, Mississippi and graduate of the University of Mississippi now residing in Stone Mountain, Georgia, Dottie retired from a career in education and corporate America. Aside from recruiting for her alma mater for three years she worked for East Tennessee State University, The Wall Street Journal and McGraw-Hill before starting her own business. She continues to work as a business development consultant and columnist.