Why You’ll Like it: Girl Power. Historical Accomplishments. Free Blacks.
I love coffee table styled books. One day I hope to get this a vintage coffee table (and book stand) where I rotate the types of books featured on it. This book would be featured on that display. It is also on my to-buy-list because I'm sure I'll be like my parents have a mandatory reading list. Maritcha's story is completely surreal. First, the fact that the records can go back that far---is astounding! Secondly, free blacks during the times of slavery (especially ones who thrived) is amazing to me. This girl grew up to be a powerful woman who was a teacher, principal, and community leader.
COULD SOMEONE MOVIE OPT THIS? I want to see a young black girl growing up as a free black with an amazing period wardrobe and showing a working family: her mom as this hairdresser and father as a store owner. To follow her as she grows up and all she accomplishes with her life. Furthermore, how she gives back. Blacks have fought all throughout history to have a place in America (Maritcha's family surviving the New York City Draft Riots or how she fought for her right to attend high school with whites). How amazing is that? Before civil rights, a girl was determined that no one was going to tell her she could NOT get an education.
This made me so proud of my heritage. I feel that this book is very uplifting, showing the grit, passion, and tenacity of African-Americans.