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HE WATCHES OVER ME: A MEMOIR
by Marion Sutherland
Born two generations removed from slavery on a dirt road in Vermillion County, Illinois, Marion Schultz was just another little colored girl for whom society would have little expectations. Her memoir is a journey of love and faith. She was blessed with a loving, God-fearing mother and father who were able to point her in the right direction.
Losing her doting minister father at the age of eight, the future for the “apple of his eye” looked dim, but when the whole Schultz family adopted her as their own, Marion made it through the trials and tribulations surrounding this loss. Marion lived through the standard pitfalls of youth and a few near catastrophes, but always felt she was loved by God and there was a purpose for her life.
Nobody in Marion’s family had ever attended college, but her extended family was determined that she would be the first, if for no other reason than to find a good husband. Mission accomplished.
From working on a segregated assembly line during World War II to earn money for college, she was eventually elected to the highest offices of The Links, Incorporated (a premier national social service organization for predominately black women), Marion’s journey has been most remarkable. Through despair and hope, tragedy and triumph, victory and defeat, a woman was molded and to this day she continues to epitomize the spirit of volunteerism and demonstrates a most generous heart.
(2013, Paperback, 126 pages)