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In Our Own Tongues
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In Our Own Tongues gives poetic voice to three generations of African-American women. It celebrates how Black women speak and do in the ways best known to them. This powerful and healing collection of poetry touches on a variety of experiences in the United States regarding emotional abuse, physical and sexual assaults, racism, lynchings, political issues as well as the permeating smell of magnolias.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Epigraph, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 7-10
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 11-14
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  1. My Granny Spoke African with a bit of Southern English
  2. p. 15
  1. Dis'Merica
  2. p. 16
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  1. I Be a Woman/She Be a Woman
  2. pp. 17-21
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  1. Trilogy of Rape
  2. pp. 22-24
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  1. The Mary Turner Lynching in Valdosta, Georgia
  2. pp. 25-29
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  1. Effie in the Cotton Fields
  2. pp. 30-31
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  1. Rufus Cunningham and Ida Curry’s Girl Child
  2. p. 32
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  1. Woodie Partee’s Promise
  2. p. 33
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  1. Sunday 1949 in Como, Mississippi
  2. pp. 34-35
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  1. If He Suit Me, He Outta Suit You
  2. p. 36
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  1. Their Children’s Response
  2. p. 37
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  1. Magnolia Smile
  2. pp. 37-38
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  1. My Mama Spoke Southern English with a Bit of African
  2. p. 39
  1. Mrs. Rosa Park’s Decision on December 1, 1955
  2. pp. 40-41
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  1. The Daughter Who Became Real After Her Daddy Died
  2. pp. 42-43
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  1. Marching with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
  2. pp. 44-45
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  1. Georgia In My Mind
  2. p. 46
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  1. Clay, Dust and Dirt
  2. p. 47
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  1. Southern Love
  2. p. 48
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  1. Hummin in the Shade
  2. p. 49
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  1. Walking with Big Man
  2. p. 50
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  1. Sudden Beauty
  2. p. 51
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  1. Lightening Girl
  2. p. 51
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  1. Bernice at Fourteen
  2. p. 52
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  1. Southern Grits Woman
  2. p. 53
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  1. Chicken Frying Life Lessons
  2. p. 54
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  1. Her Dying Son
  2. p. 55
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  1. Meet Me in Heaven
  2. p. 55
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  1. For Our Travelin Sister Hattie
  2. p. 56
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  1. Bernice Smells Magnolias
  2. pp. 57-58
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  1. I Speak Swahili, Standard and Southern English
  2. p. 59
  1. Women Warriors
  2. pp. 60-71
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  1. I Am a Man: Mr. Eugene Clemons
  2. pp. 72-73
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  1. From A Little Brown Girl
  2. pp. 74-75
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  1. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  2. pp. 76-77
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  1. President Barack Obama
  2. p. 78
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  1. This Woman I Love
  2. p. 79
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  1. Learning Granny Style
  2. p. 80
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  1. My Mother Is Bernice Partee Carter
  2. p. 81
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  1. I Breathe My Momma
  2. p. 82
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  1. A Girl in My Mother’s House
  2. p. 83
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  1. Teenager in Memphis
  2. p. 84
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  1. My Mother is Sun. My Father Is Moon
  2. p. 85
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  1. Blood Kin
  2. p. 86
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  1. Family Visits
  2. p. 87
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  1. Dreamless Night
  2. p. 88
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  1. Holding Time
  2. p. 89
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  1. Glimpsing Uncle James
  2. p. 90
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  1. Tony Maurice Carter: A Litany of Remembrance
  2. pp. 91-94
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  1. A Single Mother’s Lullaby
  2. p. 95
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  1. Ritual Preparation for a Woman Intellectual Steppin’ Out in Madison, WI
  2. pp. 96-98
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  1. You Fit Me
  2. p. 99
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  1. Our Journey
  2. p. 100
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  1. Bouquet of Magnolias
  2. pp. 101-102
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  1. Back cover
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