A five year journey that began when my mother, Mildred Sirls Pratt, died, led to “A Black Woman’s Journey from Cotton Picking to College Professor: Lessons about Race, Class, and Gender in America.”
My hope is that this book, in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., inspires high school students, regardless of their race, gender, and economic status, to dream of more and to believe that more is possible; for college students to know that they can graduate from undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs, regardless of their race, gender, or economic status; for college professors, teachers, and mentors to remember that they can and do transform lives; and for all to learn more about the challenges of race, class, and gender in America. I hope A Black Woman’s Journey can be part of colleges’ first year experience classes, common books/campus reads, book clubs, personal libraries, and campus and community lecture series and programs.
A portion of proceeds from book sales and speaking engagements will be used to start the Mildred Sirls Foundation to support the dreams of other “Mildred Sirls” in the world. More soon on that project.
I am so grateful to Rochele Brock and Cynthia Dillard, editors for Black Studies and Critical Thinking Series, who believed in this from the start. I am so thankful for Peter Lang and this series that creates opportunities for scholars to publish on issues impacting and involving the African diaspora.