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Author Janet Williams at the launch of A Lighter Shade of Black

A Lighter Shade of Black by Janet E. Williams is a fictional slave narrative of a light skinned black girl coming of age.

Lilly has just enough black not to be white and just enough white not to be black. As a slave caught in between two worlds she is taught that she is slave yet she is also different from other slaves, distanced from those who work the fields.  In this boarder line that keeps her from fully feeling a part of either world, Lilly entertains notions of freedom while struggling with various challenges and figuring out her identity as a creamed colored girl. Through all her challenges, Lilly somehow finds the courage to redefine herself and chart a new path. This is the story of how she changes her destiny. more info

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