Black Gal: Sharecropper's Daughter's Triumphant Journey Out of Poverty
Malinda WestĂs Black Gal: SharecropperĂs DaughterĂs Triumphant Journey Out of Poverty clearly and evocatively chronicles a life that rises from abject poverty to personal achievement and victory against all odds. Growing up in rural Missouri as the fifth of thirteen children born to share-croppers meant life was far from easy for Malinda. Even as a young child, chores often took precedence over regular schooling-if she wasnĂt helping to work the fields, she was tending to the newest baby brother or sister, of keeping tidy the small shack they called home. As a young girl, Malinda often felt "ugly" and inferior. Cultural influences during her childhood dictated that only light-skinned blacks were-attractive. She was "dark-complexioned, with short nappy hair and big wide eyes." Her awkwardness caused her to stutter, and others laughed at her because of it. Although her family had nicknamed her "Duck÷ -a gentle teasing because of the way she waddled when she started to walk-an uncle gave her another tag that only contributed to her poor self-image: Black Gal. Book jacket.
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