Marriage beyond Black and White: An Interracial Family Portrait / Edition 1

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A powerful story about the roles of faith and spiritual transformation in combating prejudice and racism as told by a mother and her son.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931847049
  • Publisher: Baha'i Publishing Trust
  • Publication date: 12/16/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 367
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.06 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2004

    Old Race Pain, New Hope

    Douglas' book Marriage Beyond Black and White made this writer and reader want to sit up and shout, 'Yahoo.' It is an important book, a gripping account of a marriage of a Black man and a White woman, married in the early 1940s at a time when this type of marriage was outlawed in 27 states. David, the son, is a new voice, an inheritor of more than one racial point of view, and he gives us hope through the morass of past racial hatred; he clearly delineates a new path, not towards racial 'tolerance' but of oneness. It is a well-written book which could be privately read as the memoir; studied in Sociology or Race and Ethnic Classes, and Douglas leaves you, as a reader, wanting more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2003

    Gotta read this one!

    Before I read, ¿Marriage Beyond Black and White¿ by David Douglas and Barbara Douglas, I thought I had a reasonably complete understanding of the corrosive effects of racism in America. This book, however, exploded my naïve misconceptions and brought me face to face with the personal realities of lives assaulted and scarred by our society¿s deeply ingrained racism. This is a story, beautifully told, of a young, educated, white woman from a privileged upper-middle class family who falls in love with and marries a poetically-gifted young black man. The book tells the story of their struggles and triumphs by weaving together the lyrical prose of the woman¿s story, the exquisite sonnets written by her husband, and their son¿s clarion-like voice, which completes the story his mother was unable to finish before her death. I was given a gift; we all have been given a precious gift in the writing of this, at times hilarious, at times tragic, family saga. Please accept this gift and share it¿s wealth of human understanding. ¿Katie Kloske

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2002

    A Gift to Mankind--Author's Note

    This truly unique work involves the reader on a variety of levels. It is a love story that tells the story of the love between a Black Man and a White Woman that spans fifty years. It is the story of how they faced an endless stream of racism throughout their marriage. It is the story of how they raised their four children and their efforts to protect them from racism in our society. It is also the story of the four children and how their lives evolved over a forty-year period. Finally it is a story of spiritual transformation, telling how one of the four children found his spiritual home. One of the fascinating features of this story is that it is written in three distinct voices. First, there is the voice of Barbara Douglas who tells in first person, the story of her courtship, marriage and family life with a Black man from the 1940's through the 1990's. Barbara Douglas is the winner of the prestigious Hopwood Award granted by the University of Michigan for her 1330's work "The Height of A Mountain". The second voice is that of Carlyle Douglas, a Black man born in the segregated South, who fell in love with Barbara. His voice is expressed in poems that he wrote for her while he served in the US Army Signal Corps during World War II. The third voice is that of their son, David Douglas, who promised his mother on her death-bed that he would finish the family chronicle. Described by several readers as "moving" and "a book that you cannot put down" this remarkable memoir offers hope to all those who dream of putting an end to racism in our world. It is offered by the author and his family as a gift to humankind.

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