"Behind Mom's dark glasses: A civil rights leader's biggest fight."
My mother, civil rights activist Patricia Stephens Due, is also the co-author of our 2003 civil rights memoir, Freedom in the Family: a Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights, which I have discussed previously on this blog.
I often say that Freedom in the Family is the most important book I have ever written.
While I was growing up, my mother spoke often of her dream to publish the stories of the unknown foot-soldiers she knew, black and white, who sacrificed their freedom, families, sanity--and, in some case, their lives--to try to win the rights we all enjoy today. Mom never set out to write about herself, but we tried to capture all of their stories in the book.
While we were interviewing my grandmother, my father (civil rights attorney John Due) and civil rights activists to write Freedom in the Family, my mother and I often reminded others to sit down and interview family members whether or not a book project was in the works.
Once those stories are gone, they're gone forever.
(To hear an NPR "Fresh Air" interview with me and my mother from 2003, click HERE.)
Never forget that your family is the most important story of all.