New Memoir Shares African-American Couple’s Journey to become Middle-Class During the Civil Rights Movement

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Teressa V. Staten, PhD, announces publication of ‘Back from the South’

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“This Black family’s journey is chronicled over fifty years – from the desegregated south through evolving civil rights progress, for which they were well positioned to benefit and contribute back,”

In “Back from the South: A Couple’s Transitions from Segregation to Integration” (published by Archway Publishing), author Teressa V. Staten, PhD, offers an autobiographical picture of how events of the segregated South defined her character and that of her late husband, John.

The memoir chronicles how she and John overcame blatant racism to achieve numerous accomplishments. It shares the couple’s personal struggles with depression and the unexpected suicide of their son. “Back from the South” explores the positive and negative consequences of being the first to integrate in many situations in a rapidly evolving culture resistant to change. Staten describes how their character, education, and sheer determination led them to leave their hometowns in the South, move to the north, and work through institutional odds to become middle-class Americans, often being the first blacks to work and live in all-white workplaces and communities.

Staten says, “It is my prayer and hopes that America will follow the laws of humanity and recognize as in the words of Mother Teresa, ‘If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.’ And as Julian Bond stated, ‘The humanity of all Americans is diminished when any group is denied rights granted to others.’”

“An incredibly moving firsthand account of life, love, achievement, challenge, and loss,” says Nanette Lee Reynolds, EdD., the former director of Michigan’s department of Civil Rights. “This Black family’s journey is chronicled over fifty years – from the desegregated south through evolving civil rights progress, for which they were well positioned to benefit and contribute back,”

“Back from the South”
By Teressa V. Staten, PhD
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 126 pages | ISBN 9781480846432
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 126 pages | ISBN 9781480846449
E-Book | 126 pages | ISBN 9781480846456
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Teressa V. Staten, PhD earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from Alabama A&M University, an education specialist degree from Michigan State University, a doctoral degree from the University of Michigan and did post-doctoral study at Harvard University. She has written articles in educational journals, magazines, and has also written technical documents related to education policy. Staten held positions at all levels of education and retired as chief deputy superintendent of the Michigan Department of Education. Staten and her husband, John, were married 41 years until an accident ended John’s life.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit http://www.archwaypublishing.com or call 888-242-5904.

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