National Adoption Day always makes me smile. Today is that day. I adopted my first daughter in 2000. My second was in 2002. In South Florida where my children were adopted, both adoptions were finalized on National Adoption Day in separate courthouses. We sat in a judge's chambers around a large table along with over … Continue reading ADOPTION IS A GOOD THING
National Book Award long list nominee I’ve had a fantastic few weeks! Thanks to my publisher, Bloomsbury, I had a multi-city book tour that gave me lots of exposure and allowed me to visit kids’ schools in three states. Amazing! Also, there was the little matter of being recognized along with nine other nationally recognized … Continue reading This is my Exodus
ART/SHERRI WINSTON Black Millionaires from America's History Black Americans were able to succeed despite harsh realities--before, during and after the Civil War. These pioneers should be remembered, not for their fortunes but their tenacity and drive. They remind us all to never give up. Keep trying, keep fighting, just keep going, and maybe someday you … Continue reading What do you think about that?
ART/Sherri Winston Millionaires of the Past MARY ELLEN PLEASANT—solemn housemaid to self-made millionaire. She worked as a housemaid and cookInvestments were her passionshe eavesdropped on high-flying white businessmen who never suspected a black woman could understand their important talks about money, property, valuation and stockMary Ellen and a partner bought laundries, dairies and even owned … Continue reading What do you think about that?
Celebrate life Grief feels so lonely. However, thanks to all the beautiful understanding since the Nov. 6 death of my daughter, I can truly say I do not feel alone. In November of 2000, I sat in a large, crowded judge’s conference room and felt my insides quiver as I heard the banging of her … Continue reading About Lauren