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My Face Is Black Is True: Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations

This book is about Callie House
Dive into the compelling narrative of "My Face Is Black Is True: Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations" by Mary Frances Berry. Published on October 10, 2006, this book unveils the groundbreaking yet largely unrecognized efforts of Callie House, a widowed Nashville washerwoman and mother of five who, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, spearheaded a movement for reparations. Seventy years before the civil rights movement gained momentum, House demanded economic justice for ex-slaves, proposing that pensions similar to those given to Union soldiers be extended to African Americans as compensation for centuries of unpaid labor. Her strategic focus on the $68 million in taxes collected from seized Confederate cotton underscores her pioneering role in civil rights activism, predating leaders like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. This book is an essential read for adult education groups looking to explore themes of economic and racial justice through the lens of a formidable yet forgotten social justice leader. Berry’s narrative not only honors Callie House's legacy but also prompts critical reflection on the ongoing struggle for equality and reparations today.
Published by Vintage on October 10, 2006
314 pages
ISBN: 9780307277053
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