Sweet Liberia, Lessons from the Coal Pot

Sweet Liberia, Lessons from the Coal Pot

by Susan Peters, Jill Zimmerman

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"If you've ever wondered what it would be like to pack up your things
and move to another country, than this is the book for you."

In the 1970's, when Black Pride was at its height, many African Americans embraced their African roots by growing Afros, wearing African clothing, and taking African names. Thousands more took their identification with Africa one step further and immigrated to welcoming countries in East and West Africa. Susan Peters was one of those individuals.

Sweet Liberia, Lessons from the Coal Pot is a delightful, easy-to-read memoir that chronicles the wonderfully thick slice of humanity sandwiched between Liberia's April 12, 1980 coup and the 1989 Civil War. Set against the author's personal growth, her cultural struggles, and triumphs, this book is an informative, personally revealing, inspiring, and often-comical account of her family's 11-year journey into the rich culture of Liberia, West Africa.

In 1990, Susan Peters, along with her children, fled Liberia, leaving behind a war characterized as, "The bloodiest Civil War since the Biafran War in 1967." Now, twenty years later, as Liberia stands on the precipice of regaining its place among the world's civilized nations under the leadership of Africa's first elected female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Susan's memoir reminds the world of the wisdom, beauty, and resilience of Liberia and its people.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011987519
Publisher: Sunrise Consulting
Publication date: 06/11/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 323
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Susan Peters, aka, Ahnydah (pronounced ah-NIE-dah) Rahm, brings a treasure trove of experience gained from 1979 through 1990 in West Africa, to her memoir, Sweet Liberia, Lessons from the Coal Pot. She worked tirelessly for the Liberian National Red Cross Society leaving in January 1989 with a Liberian colleague to open, First Steps, Child Development Center, only to close its doors in May due to the encroaching war. Stubbornly remaining after America evacuated its citizens from Liberia in June, she and her children were stranded as the conflict described by The British Broadcasting System as, "The bloodiest war in West Africa since the Biafran War," raged. Finally, on August 8, her family made a harrowing escape to the United States Embassy. Despite the carnage of the Civil War, she feels that Liberia will rise from its ashes due to the remarkable pride and the indomitable spirit of the Liberian people. On July 11, 2010, Susan presented a copy of her book to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. She gave the Keynote Address for the 163rd Liberian Independence Day Celebration for the Liberian Community of Illinois and she received the Black Excellence Award in the non-fiction category from the African American Alliance of the Arts, Chicago, IL. For more about Susan visit or her website: www.sweetliberia.com.

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