Author Delores Perry-Pearson Publishes a Timely Autobiography Revolving around the Life in the Historically African-American Neighborhood

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New book pays tribute to Charlotte’s Cherry community’s 125th year.

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“Residents in Charlotte’s Cherry neighborhood are celebrating. The historically African American community at the center city’s southern border is 125 years old this year.” Such are the opening words of Karen Sullivan in her article posted last month in In her very own special way, the Reverend Delores Perry-Pearson gives a timely and fitting contribution to the festive occasion. She publishes her autobiography, The Real Yester Years: The Cherry Community in Charlotte, N.C.

“The Cherry Community is in Charlotte, North Carolina located between Myers Park and Brooklyn and received its name because of the many, many cherry trees all over. They first start calling it “Cherry Town,” Pearson poignantly recalls. “My immediate family lived on the corner of 633 Torrence and Ellison Streets. I was born at home and delivered by a midwife, Rev. Davis’s wife. Torrence Street was called the Preacher Street. About seven ministers live on Torrence Street. It was a famous street.”

Aside from reminiscing about her beloved community, she also gathers wonderful memories that celebrate her closeness to God and her family. In a very brief chapter, she proclaims the importance of the Holy Bible, and dedicates another to Jesus Christ. She has even featured a handful of inspired Christian songs, one of which, “Nobody but You, Lord,” is her own composition.

She also devotes not a few precious pages for the other loves of her life. She touchingly shares the blossoming of the love between her and her husband, Jeems Irby Pearson, and the greatest joys in raising their children. “The joy of raising our children kept me motivated. There was never a dull moment,” Pearson says.

In The Real Yester Years, readers will discover a beautiful memoir laden with strong Christian, family and community values. Its first-hand accounts will surely inspire and touch their heart as Pearson carves a lasting tribute to Cherry Community for the future generations of residents.

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The Real Yester Years * by Rev. Delores Perry-Pearson
The Cherry Community in Charlotte, N.C.
Publication Date: December 13, 2012
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 54 pages; 978-1-4771-4992-8
Trade Hardback; $24.99; 54 pages; 978-1-4771-4993-5

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