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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

Mules Fight Back Book Review

“5.0 out of 5 stars Timely, relevant, bold!!! (Verified Purchase) I heard this poet recite the title poem from this book. I quickly purchased it. I am truly impressed. This book is a mix of many themes relavent to the current racial and political climate in america. I found the book to be right on time and a voice for many today. I share many of the same sentiments of the author. Her timing and use of language reminds me of my favorite writer Sam Greenlee who wrote The Spook who sat by the Door. The book has its ear to the street just like his work did. The flow of Maya, emeets the political awareness of Sam Greenlee, with the highs and lows, and mirror of the black experience that Langston gave the people. A great book!!!!!” book review from Mules Fight Back Amazon.com listing