From Liberty to Magnolia: In Search of the American Dream vividly recounts the journey of an African-American woman from rural, segregated Mississippi through academia, corporate America, and politics. It is the story of how she triumphed even when, more often than not, the ugly realities of racism and sexism tried to deter her. She says, "If it were not for God, my Creator, who endowed me, empowered me, and who has sustained me during this journey, nothing would have been possible. I give thanks every day, often multiple times a day, for the little things as well as those that are significant." This book tells the broader story, too, of how her life epitomizes what Equal Rights have meant and have not meant for blacks and women as she has lived through their maturation during the last 50 years. What better moment than today to look deeply at the life of a woman who prepared herself and worked tirelessly to achieve her goals because she believed in the promise that all citizens have a chance at achieving the American Dream? See how her faith in God helped her achieve her purpose in life. From Liberty to Magnolia shows readers, especially aspiring women and minorities how to navigate and ultimately embrace the challenges at every major crossroads and be triumphant, relying on God every step of the way. A Discussion Guide is included for use by book clubs, classes, and group forums.
"An engrossing personal tale." - Kirkus Review In her book, enhanced by family photos, Ellis sets her personal battles within the context of the civil rights and feminist movements, both of which helped fuel her determination. She recounts stories of sexual harassment that are especially relevant in today's #MeToo environment. And the early sections offer striking portraits of segregation, as she recounts cross burnings in front of her house and the murder of a friend's father who was involved in voter registration....an engrossing personal tale.... this account offers an important historical perspective on two continuing struggles.