AC K N OW L E D G M E N T S
The good of this book is a collective good. I have many people to thank
for their help with this project. Poet Marion Bethel, editor Brooke War-
ner, and two anonymous readers gave significant time and attention to the
text.  Their multiple readings and recommendations benefitted the work
considerably. Friends and family over more than ten years showed me tre-
mendous encouragement and support. I am grateful to the women of the
1997– 98 Bunting Institute cohort of fellows—especially Indira Ganesan,
Carol Ockman, and again, Marion Bethel. Renny Harrigan, who was the
Institute’s associate director, did much to enable my presence with my
mother in that pivotal year in Cambridge. Paul and Lois King shared pho-
tographs and stories while Linda Mizell and Roger Clendening; Ruby Sales
and Cheryl Blankenship; Deb Sanchez (in memoriam); Daniel and Mar-
cia Minter; Linda Somers; Lorelei Williams; Isabel Cristina Ferreira dos
Reis; Cristina Brayner; Kathy Garcia O’Brien; Al Zook, Kerry Kurt, Shirley
Strong, Arleth Monteiro, and Nate Williams all listened to ideas and chap-
ters and helped me recognize that I was on the right road.
I thank Sterling Stuckey, Stacy M. Floyd-Thomas, Joanna Shenk, Toni
Cook (in memoriam), Kate Ott, and Rose Marie Berger for providing op-
portunities for me to tell some of my mother’s story along the way to this
book— with special gratitude to Melanie Harris and Alice Walker. I’m in-
debted to my editors Miriam Angress and Jessica Ryan who appreciated the
narrative, valued its unusual format, and gently guided the book through the
publication pro cess at Duke University Press. I’m also grateful for the gen-
erosity of Donna Martinez and my colleagues in the Department of Ethnic
Studies at the University of Colorado, Denver.
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