From Liberty to Magnolia: In Search of the American Dream

From Liberty to Magnolia: In Search of the American Dream

by Ph.D. Janice S. Ellis
From Liberty to Magnolia: In Search of the American Dream

From Liberty to Magnolia: In Search of the American Dream

by Ph.D. Janice S. Ellis


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A Powerful, Compelling, and Inspiring True Story

For girls and women who seek to discover their purpose in life, their role in society, and dare not let any obstacle stop them from realizing their quest, their dream-no matter the place of their birth, socioeconomic status, or station in life-which, after all, is America's promise.

From the perch of poverty, farm life, family, and the confining community in which Janice Ellis grew up, she found her sense of purpose and determination to change things, to make them better. It was there that she gained an initial understanding of the importance of ethics and values, justice and equality, and caring for humanity in fostering a good society.

Her life experiences, during some very turbulent periods in an ever-evolving America, have profoundly shaped her work and writings-providing the grist, mission, authority, and authenticity required to become one's best self.

As life has had its way, she has loved and lost, given birth and reared children alone as a divorcee, weathered verbal and physical abuse, had trail-blazing successes as an executive in corporate business and municipal government, and recovered from a colossal failure as a small business owner.

All-while navigating American life, as a Black, as a woman, and forever fighting against allowing either of those indelible birthmarks to define or confine her.

As circumstances, issues, and forces-social, political, economic-occur all around her, and push against her, she has chosen to push back. She has consciously entered and continues to enter the fray.

May you, as you learn of her trials and triumphs, be inspired to live your best self, too.

A Discussion Guide is included for use by book clubs, classes, and group forums.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798987856109
Publisher: USARISEUP, INC.
Publication date: 03/27/2023
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Janice S. Ellis, M.A., M.A., Ph.D., a native daughter of Mississippi, grew up and came of age during the height of the Civil Rights Movement and the Women's Liberation Movement. Born and reared on a small cotton farm, she was influenced by two converging forces that would set the course of her life.The first was the fear and terror felt by blacks because of their seeking to exercise the right to vote along with other rights and privileges afforded whites. She became determined to take a stand and not accept the limits of that farm life nor the strictures of oppressive racial segregation and gender inequality. She aspired to have and achieve a different kind of life-not only for herself, but for others.The second was her love of books, the power of words, and her exposure to renowned columnists Eric Sevareid of The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite and Walter Lippmann, whose column appeared for more than three decades in over 250 major newspapers across the United States and another 50 newspapers in Europe and Asia.It was the study of Lippmann's books and commentary that inspired Dr. Ellis to complete a Master of Arts degree in Communication Arts, a second Master of Arts degree in Political Science, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Arts, all from the University of Wisconsin. It was during her course of study that Dr. Ellis' unwavering belief-the belief that the wise use of words is what advances the good society-was solidified.Dr. Ellis has been an executive throughout her career, first in government, then in a large pharmaceutical company, and later as a president and CEO of a marketing firm and a bi-state non-profit child advocacy agency. In addition to those positions, she has been writing columns for more than four decades on race, politics, education, and other social issues for newspapers, radio, and online. Her commentary can be found at Follow her on and
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