By Wanda Lee-Stevens

50 Years of Assimilation isn't an African American tale, or a Black tale. it truly is an American tale. Dr. Martin Luther King proclaimed, “I Have a Dream” on August 28, 1963. For thousands of listeners, Dr. King’s phrases promised the hole of a brand new and wondrous window—of equivalent opportunity—for “citizens of all color”—to dwell “The American Dream.”

Author Wanda Lee-Stevens used to be born that very same yr, and for her, the long run couldn't have regarded brighter. within the wake of Dr. King’s speech, she were born in a “new land” the place she may satisfy his imaginative and prescient of that historic, transformational moment.

Now after a half-century of residing her “reality”, in a brand new booklet, 50 Years of Assimilation: From the Midwest to the Wild West and the entire Blackness & Whiteness In-Between, the writer opens a deeply personal—yet public—window for all americans to seem additional into what it used to be that Dr. King “saw” on that celebrated day. Her publication is a “love letter”, and open letter, to Dr. King, within which she recalls, poignantly, and with deep recognize, the guy who dared to dream a destiny for her steeped “in the riches of freedom and the securities of justice.” In her letter, she asks Dr. King to appear forward, to come back with her, and numerous fellow american citizens, at the lengthy, lengthy street it's been to stay out his “Dream”.

Her publication chronicles her lifestyles, ranging from a hot, humorous, love-filled, bewildering, and insightful formative years in Detroit, through the turbulent 60s and 70s, and touring throughout our nice nation to her genuine and unpredictable grownup existence within the revolutionary and multi-cultural international of the San Francisco Bay quarter. Her tale tells how she will depend on, and transforms, her Detroit sensibilities to be able to navigate the demanding situations of schooling, paintings, friendships, and family members, with the target of having in, becoming in, and making it. And regularly, she asks Dr. King, “Is this what you observed? is that this what you meant?”

With blunt humor and impressive candor, the writer invitations her readers to stick with her existence packed complete with interesting, insightful, and infrequently dramatic episodes of daily occurrences—revealing the psychology of the way we americans search MLK’s “freedom” in the societal confines of race—and racism (Yes, Virginia, there's nonetheless racism in America): from post-civil rights social confusion to the present "post-racial" politically-correct movie that's now portrayed because the norm for America.

She observes and portrays the media-managed exhibit of the “accomplishments” of iconic Black figures in track and picture, and in activities. whilst she is still significantly sincere approximately how our present society supplies “more than equivalent time” to the crime and violence that also marks the Black event in the United States. the writer herself reports injustice; occasionally strangely, and it really is either overt and covert. She stocks her fight to accomplish her position in American popularity. simply to be “American” or simply “human” is usually a dicy undertaking. Ms. Lee-Stevens authentically poses the well timed and pressing questions: Following the fiftieth Anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and The balloting Rights Act of 1965: What does your dream of freedom particularly appear like in twenty first century? And are we actually dwelling out our desires? the writer tells Dr. King, truthfully, that her personal trip has been certainly one of “assimilation.” #50Years, #Assimilation, #50YearsOfAssimilation, #BlackLivesMatter, #AllLivesMatter

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