Sister: An African American Life in Search of Justice

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 | A Public Affair

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Authors: Jody LePage and Sylvia Bell White

Copyright: The University of Wisconsin Press


On Wednesday, June 12th host Karma Chavez talked with Jody LePage co-author of “Sister: An African American Life in Search of Justice”. Jody LePage discussed how she built her relationship with Sylvia Bell White through the Farmer’s Market in Madison, and how that friendship blossomed into the coauthored novel of Sylvia’s story. In addition, the audio testimony of Sylvia Bell White revealed some parts of this story, including how her brother was killed in a racially-motivated murder. To read more about that story click here.

Cover of Sister: An African American Life in Search of Justice

Cover of Sister: An African American Life in Search of Justice


“A vivid and moving story, Sylvia Bell White’s life tracks the roots and routes of many working-class black people of her generation. But she also shows her vibrant individuality, her refusal to be the typical or the representative woman, her determination to be herself.”
—William L. Andrews, series editor and coeditor of The Norton Anthology of African American Literature

“A fascinating biography, adding important insight into the African American experience in Wisconsin as well as the broader histories of migration, race, and employment in the twentieth-century United States.”
—William P. Jones, author of The Tribe of Black Ulysses: African American Lumber Workers in the Jim Crow South

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