Cover

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Title page, Copyright, Epigraph, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. 7-10

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Introduction

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pp. 11-14

My journey to write, In Our Own Tongues began when I traveled to Nairobi, Kenya from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to conduct research for my PhD dissertation, which compared the African American Dozens and Toasts to Kissii Joking Relationships. When I attached myself to the Department of Literature...

My Granny Spoke African with a bit of Southern English

Dis'Merica

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p. 16

I Be a Woman/She Be a Woman

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pp. 17-21

Trilogy of Rape

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pp. 22-24

The Mary Turner Lynching in Valdosta, Georgia

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pp. 25-29

Effie in the Cotton Fields

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pp. 30-31

Rufus Cunningham and Ida Curry’s Girl Child

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p. 32

Woodie Partee’s Promise

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p. 33

Sunday 1949 in Como, Mississippi

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pp. 34-35

If He Suit Me, He Outta Suit You

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p. 36

Their Children’s Response

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p. 37

Magnolia Smile

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pp. 37-38

My Mama Spoke Southern English with a Bit of African

Mrs. Rosa Park’s Decision on December 1, 1955

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pp. 40-41

The Daughter Who Became Real After Her Daddy Died

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pp. 42-43

Marching with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

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pp. 44-45

Georgia In My Mind

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p. 46

Clay, Dust and Dirt

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p. 47

Southern Love

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p. 48

Hummin in the Shade

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p. 49

Walking with Big Man

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p. 50

Sudden Beauty

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p. 51

Lightening Girl

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p. 51

Bernice at Fourteen

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p. 52

Southern Grits Woman

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p. 53

Chicken Frying Life Lessons

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p. 54

Her Dying Son

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p. 55

Meet Me in Heaven

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p. 55

For Our Travelin Sister Hattie

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p. 56

Bernice Smells Magnolias

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pp. 57-58

I Speak Swahili, Standard and Southern English

Women Warriors

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pp. 60-71

I Am a Man: Mr. Eugene Clemons

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pp. 72-73

From A Little Brown Girl

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pp. 74-75

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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pp. 76-77

President Barack Obama

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p. 78

This Woman I Love

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p. 79

Learning Granny Style

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p. 80

My Mother Is Bernice Partee Carter

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p. 81

I Breathe My Momma

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p. 82

A Girl in My Mother’s House

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p. 83

Teenager in Memphis

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p. 84

My Mother is Sun. My Father Is Moon

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p. 85

Blood Kin

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p. 86

Family Visits

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p. 87

Dreamless Night

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p. 88

Holding Time

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p. 89

Glimpsing Uncle James

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p. 90

Tony Maurice Carter: A Litany of Remembrance

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pp. 91-94

A Single Mother’s Lullaby

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p. 95

Ritual Preparation for a Woman Intellectual Steppin’ Out in Madison, WI

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pp. 96-98

You Fit Me

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p. 99

Our Journey

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p. 100

Bouquet of Magnolias

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pp. 101-102

Back cover

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