Author Portia McClain’s new book “Invisible, Invincible Black Women Growing up in Bronzeville" is a historical recitation and an eyewitness account of the Great Migration

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Recent release “Invisible, Invincible Black Women Growing up in Bronzeville" from Page Publishign author Portia McClain documents how as a young lady visiting Jackson, Mississippi, during many summers, Portia sat on the front porch and listened intently as her great-grandmother and grandmother told stories of perseverance, triumph, blessings, and strength. This experience and the richness of their recollection of love and family while also enduring the obstacles of oppression and segregation shaped the fiber of who she is.

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Portia McClain, who was born in 1946 to parents who migrated from the Mississippi to the north (Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood), in hopes of a better life, has completed her new book “Invisible, Invincible Black Women Growing up in Bronzeville": an inspirational memoir, where the author’s full understanding of her identity and knowledge of family history kept her strong and resilient and gave her a foundation for survival to weather any storm.

McClain writes, " Many centuries ago, in many African tribes, there was a designated historian or keeper of the family history, known as a griot. The griot would gather people around the fireplace and tell stories of family events, tribal losses and gains, etc., in effect, a talking history of the past. This verbal history was handed down by means of the designated griot through generations of people and family members. Although modern-day Black Americans have gotten away from the idea of a designated storyteller, the history of our culture is still handed down through generations and stories. The story you will read about is a combination of history that has been handed down to me, along with my eyewitness account of the things I saw. In most cases, there are no names; this work is written in a third-person narrative, but the stories are true as told in our oral history.”

Published by Page Publishing, Portia McClain's gripping work delves into how she is a woman of compassion, vulnerability, toughness, and wisdom; this combination makes some see her as complex at first glance. She is a trailblazer for positive change and has a keen discernment of people.

After many sacrifices for others, Portia completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. She is currently an adjunct professional and is a special education teacher with the State Board of Education. Portia’s work as a student learning advocate has been featured in the local newspapers. The end goal of the book and its story is to remind readers that they can overcome and survive and know that, amid any and all the broken dreams in life, they can still achieve their life mission and have
happiness and contentment.

Readers who wish to experience this inspirational book can purchase “Invisible, Invincible Black Women Growing up in Bronzeville" at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

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