Overcome: My Life in Pursuit of A Dream

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Hillcrest Publishing Group, Mar 29, 2016 - Biography & Autobiography - 296 pages
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Tracing the unforgettable tale of a little black girl from a small Ohio town who dared to dream above her station, this memoir captures the larger history of black people in America, from the arrival of Ellamae Simmons' ancestors aboard a slaving vessel in 1775, to the electrifying election of the nation's first African American president.

Ellamae came of age at a time when even the most gifted Negro girls were expected to become domestics in white homes. But Ellamae yearned to study medicine, and she set about creating a world in which she could do just that. For most of her 97 years, she has been writing her story of struggle and triumph against the odds, refusing to let disappointment or heartbreak turn her aside.

Delving into themes of inclusion and social justice, education and mental health, marriage and family, this is the story of a woman who wasn't content to just witness history, she went out and made her own.

 

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Contents

East Pleasant Street
13
Higher Learning
37
Dare to Dream
61
Mental Hospital
79
Camp Livingston
95
Baker Hall
113
First Love
127
Emporia
149
A Vacant House
165
My Tuskegee Airman
181
Breath
199
The House on Clay Street
215
The Wide World
233
Forgiveness and the Holy Ghost
257
Copyright

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About the author (2016)

Rosemarie Robotham is an editor-at-large at "Essence" magazine. A former reporter for "Life" magazine, she is the coauthor of "Spirits of the Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade in the Seventeenth Century." Her story "Jesse" appeared in John Henrik Clarke's "Black American Stories: One Hundred Years of the Best, " and she edited the recent anthology "The Bluelight Corner: Black Women Writing on Passion, Sex, and Romantic Love." She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

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