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___________________________________________________________The Shoulders We Stand On
by Raymona Middleton
This book was written as an expression of my gratitude and love toward those whose shoulders we stand on. I wish to give honor to my forefathers and foremothers who, in one way or another, have paved the way for me, my generation, and the generations to come.
The reader of this book may have found it more appealing to have a biographical format for each person. I chose, however, to pose twelve specific questions, which allowed the interviewees to focus on the formative years and the people who helped shape their lives and impact their personalities.
As I grow older, I find myself reflecting on the events that took place in my life during the formative years with greater frequency. I realize those times in my life (both pleasant and not so pleasant) really help define the person I am today.
During each of these interviews, I witnessed many smiles and eyes twinkling with laughter or misting with tears as they reflected on the days of their childhood. We laughed a lot together; for me the interviews were like golden pitchers filled with precious gems. I thank the Lord for placing these precious gems on my heart and for their willingness to share their personal memories with me.
About the Author
Raymona is a third-generation Washingtonian, growing up in the nationís capital. She has always been interested in history. While serving at the Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Fort Washington, Maryland, she was inspired by the senior citizens with whom she interacted. She began interviewing them and found their life experiences were testimonies of their faith in God and of the strength of their parents during times when segregation was the way of life for African Americans.
Raymona recently retired as a civil servant at the U.S. Department of Transportation and now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
(2009, paperback, 40 pages)