Black Star Girl

Subtitle

A black father's determined  parenting and  the sacrifices of others  in the Civil Rights Movement are recalled in this socially and historically relevant memoir.   

  

 

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   The Declaration of          Independence

 

   

 *Fifty-Six signatures appear on      the unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America.

                    Connecticut

                    Delaware

                    Georgia

                    Maryland

                    Massachusetts

                    New Hampshire

                    New Jersey

                    New York

                    North Carolina

                    Pennsylvania

                    Rhode Island

                    South Carolina

                    Virginia 

 

 

     *(As conveyed in the New Standard  Encyclopedia  -  1968 edition) 

           The founding     fathers, crafted a       document giving foundation to a nation that cannot claim to have been nor to this day be seen as perfect. 

        However, the courageous words of reason, and purpose pushed forth  a a brave Nation of people  who continue to strive for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  

        I am grateful for the leadership and the sacrifices of the many who  came before.  I am grateful for those who give of themselves in this present age. 

          May the bravery and purpose of all our people continue.

           God Bless America.

                                                     mls

 

 

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EXCERPT

 Chapter 2           

The Times  

(circa 1935)   

My father encouraged our formative years with his belief the mistreatment of Negroes in our Nation would come to an end. "You must be ready." The voices of the few seeking equality for all would grow to be the voices of the majority achieving equality for Negroes.  His optimism and the opportunity throughout America for Negroes to be entrepreneurs fueled my ambitious father's plan to be a successful businessman.  He planned to have his own barbershop or shops, perhaps a tailoring business, and Daddy saw every reaon to develop his Zanesville Black Stars into a winning, profitable baseball team.  As soon as racist policies were broken that kept blacks out of the American and National Baseball Leagues, his team would be a welcomed, profit-making resource of athletic talent.  He had no doubt.

     John and Iva married with plans to have a big family.  (Mother claimed Daddy wanted nine children--a baseball team.)

     The newlyweds moved into a little house Daddy owned on Whipple street in Zanesville's fourth ward.  Daddy's goals remained firm.  One day he would not work for others but prosper being his own boss. 

 

NOTE:   Early in her parents' marriage, for financial reasons, Marva's father gave up his Zanesville Black Stars baseball team. Marva did realize the career success he vowed would be hers, if she was prepared. In that sense, she finds herself to be his "Black Star Girl".  Read all about it.    

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