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By Wanda Lee-Stevens

50 Years of Assimilation isn't an African American tale, or a Black tale. it's an American tale. Dr. Martin Luther King proclaimed, “I Have a Dream” on August 28, 1963. For hundreds of 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 stay “The American Dream.”

Author Wanda Lee-Stevens used to be born that very same 12 months, and for her, the long run couldn't have regarded brighter. within the wake of Dr. King’s speech, she have been born in a “new land” the place she might satisfy his imaginative and prescient of that ancient, transformational moment.

Now after a half-century of residing her “reality”, in a brand new publication, 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 american citizens to appear additional into what it used to be that Dr. King “saw” on that celebrated day. Her booklet is a “love letter”, and open letter, to Dr. King, during which she recollects, poignantly, and with deep appreciate, the fellow 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 together with her, and numerous fellow americans, at the lengthy, lengthy highway it's been to stay out his “Dream”.

Her ebook chronicles her existence, ranging from a hot, humorous, love-filled, bewildering, and insightful adolescence in Detroit, in the course of the turbulent 60s and 70s, and touring throughout our nice state to her actual and unpredictable grownup existence within the innovative and multi-cultural global of the San Francisco Bay zone. Her tale tells how she depends on, and transforms, her Detroit sensibilities so as to navigate the demanding situations of schooling, paintings, friendships, and family members, with the aim of having in, becoming in, and making it. And constantly, she asks Dr. King, “Is this what you observed? is that this what you meant?”

With blunt humor and ambitious candor, the writer invitations her readers to stick to her lifestyles packed complete with interesting, insightful, and infrequently dramatic episodes of daily occurrences—revealing the psychology of ways we american citizens 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 show of the “accomplishments” of iconic Black figures in tune and movie, and in activities. even as she continues to be severely sincere approximately how our present society supplies “more than equivalent time” to the crime and violence that also marks the Black adventure in the US. the writer herself stories 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 exercise. Ms. Lee-Stevens authentically poses the well timed and pressing questions: Following the fiftieth Anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and The vote casting Rights Act of 1965: What does your dream of freedom relatively appear like in twenty first century? And are we actually residing out our desires? the writer tells Dr. King, in truth, that her personal trip has been one among “assimilation.” #50Years, #Assimilation, #50YearsOfAssimilation, #BlackLivesMatter, #AllLivesMatter

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