Lena Epps Brooker s parents had a special hope for their children As American Indians living in the Jim Crow South, they had faced extreme prejudice all their lives, and they wanted a better future for their children They hoped that one day, Brooker and her two brothers could use the same water fountain as white children They hoped that one day, those with brown skin wouldn t be devalued by a bigoted society Brooker took up her parents dream In this insightful look back at her life, she shows you how she moved from innocence to awareness It didn t take long for the happy little girl to begin to understand the ways the government and population of North Carolina kept her from the same opportunities as white children Despite these challenges, Brooker refused to give up She persevered and became the first American Indian graduate at an all white women s college in Raleigh As Brooker takes you from her early life through her college experiences, she fills her memoir with wisdom, love, and laughter Despite all the obstacles she faced living in a racist society, she never stopped believing that she could embrace and embody her parents optimistic vision of the future....
|Title||:||Hot Dogs On The Road: An American Indian girl's reflections on growing up brown in a black and white world|
|Publisher||:||CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform November 30, 2017|
|Number of Pages||:||262 pages|
|File Size||:||690 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Hot Dogs On The Road: An American Indian girl's reflections on growing up brown in a black and white world Reviews
This is the heartbreaking, heartwarming, beautifully written, true story of the personal victory of a strong lady over the prejudice and discrimination directed toward her people and herself. It is also a lesson in the history of the plight of the American Indians in a land that prides itself in its efforts toward elimination of prejudice and how it has failed in its universal treatment of these people. It is a book that will open your heart and your mind to these realities.
This was a very moving book for me as I grew up in the same county as the author. It is heartbreaking to think people could, and still have ignorant views of humanity. I recommend this eye opening book to everyone. I did not want it to end!
Hot Dogs of the Road: An American Indian Girl’s Reflections On Growing Up Brown in A Black and White World is a most enjoyable read. Particularly noteworthy for this autobiography is Lena’s early years—embellished by descriptions delicious hotdogs during road trips with parents, as well as ten cents hot dogs from Stalling Grill in Lumberton, NC. The story delivers an eye-opening account of a life well lived despite the many racial roadblocks for achievement in a Jim Crow tripartite cultural system. Lena’s world in Robeson County describes life as a Lumbee American Indian, in a culture that partitioned movie theaters, restaurants, and other facilities among whites, American Indians, and blacks. And it does so from Lena’s positive outlook, following her wise mother’s advice that racial slurs and actions show ignorance, and that one should Just ignore those people and move on. This, in the end, results in social and academic successes that elevate Lena into a color barrier breaking, successful career in college level academics, teaching and state government.
Hot Dogs On The Road is a very revealing book. It shows that the American Indian was discriminated as much as the Black American. But what is interesting to me is the fact that the American Indian seems to never come up in discussions of racism. I thank the author Lena Brooker for shedding light on the extent of racism in America. As I read her story, I could relate to the same treatment as a Black person. American Indians originally owned this country and everybody else were immigrants It pains me that now the government is bent on keeping people out. Never mind this country was built by the very people that are being denied.
I just finished reading this memoir written by my friend and colleague Lena Epps Brooker. As an American Indian of Sappony, Cherokee, and Lumbee heritage, Lena experienced discrimination throughout her life. She shares many stories describing how her faith, family and friends gave her support and strength to face prejudice and racism. Since graduating from Meredith College (the first American Indian to do so), Lena has devoted her career to educating and inspiring others to build inclusive communities and organizations where everyone is valued and respected. Thank you Lena for writing this book and for sharing your wisdom with me.
Ms. Epps-Brooker's experience is similar to mine and most likely to many other Natives in the US (and I have to believe in some places things have not changed). She was blessed to have the parents she did who tried to protect her at the same time when they did the best they could to confront and deal with the discriminating policies of that time. I've enjoyed this book but it also reminded me of sad times in my personal life as well as those of my parents and others who came before me.
A wonderful book about growing up in Robeson County in the 1950s. It's full of references to local landmarks that fellow Robesonians will recognize (the Old Foundry, the Carolina Theater, the Scottish Bank, Lumberton Airport, and the Dairy Bar). Dr. Frank McGrath is also mentioned. I found it a very nostalgic and literate account of those years. Heartbreaking and heartwarming in equal parts.
This was a beautifully written personal story. I was completely unaware of the discrimination faced by American Indians.