Black Gal: Sharecropper's Daughter's Triumphant Journey Out of Poverty

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Two Harbors Press, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 273 pages
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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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About the author (2012)

Malinda, a divorced mother of four, grew up in rural Missouri the fifth of thirteen children born to sharecropper parents. She has dealt with many adversities in her life but through hard work and perseverance she attained success. She has had an extensive career in civil service. And a strong desire to mentor young single parents who may need support in life struggles. She has and continues to share her story many times with Women Groups and young single mothers and the feedback has always been positive. Numerous ladies young and old have commented on how grateful they are to have had the opportunity to learn and apply many of her methods to attain success. Some young ladies have reported using her life story to encourage others.AUTHOR HOME: Corona, CA

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