Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White

Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White Author Lila Quintero Weaver
ISBN-10 0817357149
ISBN-13 9780817357146
Year 2012-03-01
Pages 264
Language English
Publisher University Alabama Press
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Darkroom A Memoir in Black and White is an arresting and moving personal story about childhood race and identity in the American South rendered in stunning illustrations by the author Lila Quintero Weaver In 1961 when Lila was five she and her family emigrated from Buenos Aires Argentina to Marion Alabama in the heart of Alabamas Black Belt As educated middle class Latino immigrants in a region that was defined by segregation the Quinteros occupied a privileged vantage from which to view the racially charged culture they inhabited Weaver and her family were firsthand witnesses to key moments in the civil rights movement But Darkroom is her personal story as well chronicling what it was like being a Latina girl in the Jim Crow South struggling to understand both a foreign country and the horrors of our nations race relations Weaver who was neither black nor white observed very early on the inequalities in the American culture with its blonde and blue eyed feminine ideal Throughout her life Lila has struggled to find her place in this society and fought against the discrimination around her

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