Free Soil

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Tate Publishing, Jul 13, 2010 - Fiction - 358 pages
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Zenobia couldn't hear for the raucous amen chorus surrounding her. The floor seemed to vibrate and the walls shake. I'm connected to Nelson Mandela? 'Speak on it!' she yelled, waving her hand and surprising herself. 'Diaspora,' she yelled. This time, a fire ignited inside her, and everything that mattered to her changed.At the crossroads of her life, Zenobia desires to explore the possibilities of her past and her future. Recently fired from her position as a public school teacher for repeated absences due to her duties as a midwife, she finds herself waiting for inspiration. Nurtured by the unconditional love of her eminently proud Grandma Jones and stirred by her family's rich and historic connection to the American Civil Rights Movement and the African nation of Liberia, Zenobia yearns to go back to her symbolic homeland and make her mark. Her passion lies in opening a women's clinic where she hopes to forge a lasting difference for African women who have been neglected. As she encounters the conditions that grew out of Liberia's strongly rooted class division and oppression, what will she discover? How will she embrace the legacy ofFree Soil?

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Diane Jordan-Grizzard: Author. Keynote Speaker. Expert in Organizational Learning, Executive Coaching, and Group Facilitating. While living in Liberia, Diane witnessed the military coup d'etat, served as a midwife, and owned a business. FREE SOIL (2010) is her historical fiction account of Liberia's complex history. The integration of these experiences with her formal studies inspires the framework Diane uses to coach and facilitate learning opportunities that encourage individuals and organizations to unlock their purpose, passion, and potential. The African proverb "it is not where you are but what you do there that matters," drives Diane's passion to encourage individuals to dream and believe that their dreams can come true. Diane participated in the 2012 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women to research a book that will publish in 2014.

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