Black Star Girl


Purchase Information

Published by iUniverse, this 252 page memoir is available from: 

   to Download E-Book


Telephone  iUniverse  & Buy      

          (800) 288-4677


Visit most retail stores, including Barnes & Noble, and order the book to be delivered or picked up in a few days.


   Available                       RetailPrice


 ISBN 9781440195792           $29.95


 ISBN 9781440195815         19.95


 ISBN 9781440195808            9.99



To arrange purchase and delivery of an autographed copy of Black Star Girl, talk to me via the Contact Me page of this website.


Your interest is appreciated.  May you and yours have a blessed day.  



                                                                               Marva L. Stith




 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.    

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events