"From the moment I read the words [my great-grandmother] Frances Anne Rollin wrote in Boston on January 1, 1868-"The year renews its birth today with all its hopes and sorrows"-she became my beacon, the foremother who would finally share with me our collective past...?#8212;From the Preface Originally published to rave reviews, Pride of Family is the dazzling true story of an upper middle-class African American clan-and four generations of extraordinary women. Carole Ione, rebel daughter from a long line of rebel daughters, traces her heritage from her mother, Leighla, a sad and lovely journalist, actress, and composer; to glamorous grandmother Be-Be, the popular restaurateur and former showgirl; to upright great-aunt Sistonie, one of Washington's first black female physicians; and, finally, to great-grandmother Frances Anne Rollin, the indomitable feminist-abolitionist. It is through her great-grandmother's brilliant diaries that Ione finds enlightenment-a deep connection to the women she cherishes and the proud, glorious history they share.
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