"I loved this book. It shows that even today, Native Americans still struggle to fit into the country they inhabited centuries before the white man."- Dennis Banks, Founder, American Indian Movement.
The Book "A Lumbee Gershom" is a Collection of Short Stories about JoJo's experience as a child growing up between the suburbs of Washington D.C. and her grandparents' house in Pembroke, NC. - "Lumbeeland" the story follows one child's ability to fit in with her mother's people and adhere to the customs and rituals of her Lumbee ancestors. Follow along with JoJo as she travels The Lumber River and shares her youth in this one of a kind Classic Memoir.
A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES
“Every woman will recognize herself in the story of JoJo’s first love, and of being pulled by two men from two different worlds.” - One of the thousands of fans of Jojo's Facebook page, A Lumbee Gershom, who have cheered the book’s publication.
JoJo is a Native American Author and Indian Law Attorney from Alexandria, Virginia. She is Hatteras Tuscarora American Indian and a Member of The Lumbee Tribe, found in the South-Eastern area of The United States. Anita Jo Shifflett, attorney and writer, was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. JoJo chronicles personal memories of “growing up Lumbee” and events in the lives of her family, members of the Tuscarora- Lumbee Indians in Robeson County, North Carolina, where she lived each summer until she was 24. JoJo grew up listening to tales from her grandfather Henry Brooks, including those of the mysterious visits from the “men from Washington” in the 1930s. She describes struggles with segregation in the 1960s, mixed marriages, the acceptance of her mother by Alexandrians, the fight for federal recognition of the Lumbee tribe, and of her own life pulled between two worlds, white and Indian.
“FOR I HAVE BEEN A STRANGER AND HAVE DWELT IN A STRANGE LAND” … A LUMBEE GERSHOM
WHERE DO YOU DWELL? ARE YOU PREPARED FOR A JOURNEY INTO MY WORLD? A WORLD WHERE MY SKIN DECEIVED THOSE THAT DID NOT KNOW THE TRUE ME? A WORLD WHERE I GREW UP PLAYING WITH THE CHILDREN OF GREAT WRITERS, DOCTORS, ATTORNEYS, UNITED STATES GENERALS, AND EVEN UNITED STATES SENATORS.
OR WOULD MY REAL WORLD INTEREST YOU MORE? THE WORLD OF MY BROWN SKINNED MOTHER AND MY PEOPLE, THE LUMBEE INDIANS OF ROBESON COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA. A COMMUNITY FILLED WITH CLAPBOARD HOUSES, MOBILE HOMES STANDING A TOP OF EXPOSED CINDER BLOCKS, OLD PICK UP TRUCKS WITH STRONG BROWN ARMS PROPPED UPON DOORS MAKING THEIR WAY DOWN OLD DIRTROADS, MULE PULLED TOBBACA’ CRATES, THE SWEATY FACES OF THE TOBACCO CROPPERS WITH BAREFOOT INDIAN CHILDREN FREELY RUNNING THROUGH FLAT FIELDS OF SAND AND OLD INDIAN WOMEN SITTING ON FRONT PORCHES SHELLING FIELD PEAS FASTER THAN ANY MACHINE COULD POSSIBLY IMITATE.
SUCH SCENES CAME FROM MY HIDDEN WORLD…THE WORLD OF A LUMBEE GERSHOM.
OR DOES MY SECRET WORLD INTEREST YOU MORE? A PLACE WHERE WORDS LIKE“MISCEGENATION”,“MIXED MARRAIGES”,“EUGENICS” AND “ FORBIDDEN LOVE AFFAIRS” SHAPED MY YOUNG ADULT LIFE.
AND THE BEST PART? EVERY WORD IS TRUE…. TAKE THE JOURNEY WITH ME, JOJO…THE ORIGINAL LUMBEE GERSHOM.
I was born from the love of a white mountain man and an American Indian when such unions were illegal...I AM the resistance! - jbs
“A stunning, fascinating account on one of the most important subjects today. Beautifully written from the heart, this book should be required reading– for everyone from grade- school and up.”— Walter J. Boyne, first director of the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, retired Air Force colonel, & author of 60 books including the bestseller “The Wild Blue.”
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