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Black Pearl

Black Pearl

by Dennis Patterson
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Black Pearl is Dennis Patterson's life story living as an African American in Idaho. It is a journey that begins with a young boy coming to grips with the truth of race and racism. As he travels the path to adulthood he is inspired by his parents and Black heroes to stand up and speak out against injustice.
Later his fight against racism for one man leads to four years of abuse, harassment, and retribution by Idaho's largest employer. He persevered and never lost hope.

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ISBN-13: 9781666211894
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 11/26/2020
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 578,991
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Dennis Patterson was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho in 1955. His father was African American and his mother was Native American. His father was from Nebraska and his mother from South Dakota. At the time it was illegal for them to marry in their home states (due to being different races) so they were married in Kansas. They moved to Idaho Falls to begin their family. Dennis is the youngest of five siblings. Dennis attended local publics schools and graduated from Idaho State University with a degree in business management. After graduation he worked for the Idaho National Laboratory, the state's largest employer. In 1994 he was named the INL Ethics Officer. For the next thirteen years he performed his duties with dignity and honor. This position afforded him the opportunity to fight for fairness and equality for employees. In his personal life he has served as the legal redress officer for the Idaho Falls National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He was also the founding President of a non-profit, the Idaho Falls African American Alliance. Today he continues the fight against discrimination, racism and social injustice.

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