Confession. I cry when I read.

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Confession! Something I’ve never told anyone till this very moment. I get extremely emotional when I read. The fact that I’m able to pick up any book, string letters-vowels-consonants and make totally coherent and comprehended words is enough to drive me to tears. And sometimes it does! I’m up this morning counting my blessings and the generations before me… If I give 20 years to 8 generations of women before me, to begin bearing children… (There are exactly 20 years between my eldest daughter and myself) 20 years x 8 generations = 160 years. Slavery ended 150 years ago this year. That would place my great great great great great great (6) grandmother in the belly of the beast. Involuntary servitude. Slavery in the Americas. Land of the free… I can’t begin to fathom the life that my 6th generation great grandmother lived {the first two generations counted consist of my mother and my grandmother}. Slavery has since been rectified, abolished and the 13th Amendment is in place amongst the Constitution. Still, growing up and living in the South, I can imagine the pain of a people who toiled the land, mere mules. Owned. Flesh property. Allowed no free liberties. And here I am, 150 years later… Reading! And the sheer thought of it all usually leaves me crying between chapters. On another note, I have a deepened sense of respect for my husband’s parents who attended high school during trying times as well. Exactly how many years of segregation stretched beyond the abolition of slavery? So although a people are free, they are less than equal! Makeshift schools, inferior educations, harsh learning environments and hand me down literature. Nothing pleases me more than walking into an establishment and purchasing a brand new book! My love of reading stems beyond words! So I cry when I read…

CEO at FreedomInk Publishing, Katandra Jackson Nunnally


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