Nellie Lee Love is an 11-year-old African American girl living in the rural South at the end of World War I. In a year of tumultuous change, victory, and tragedy, she records her thoughts and feelings in a diary given her by her mother. After the white racism in their town becomes too brutally overt to ignore, Nellie and her family pack up and move to Chicago. Delighted with the seemingly endless opportunities in the big city, Nellie is blindsided by the more insidious forms of prejudice that northerners practice: hatred within their own race. But through family unity and integrity, and education by way of W.E.B. DuBois and Marcus Garvey's writings, Nellie and her family gradually discover a place for themselves in their new circumstances, and ultimately find hope and triumph.
Alice B. reviewed Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, the Great Migration North, Chicago, Illinois, 1919 (Dear America) on + 2510 more book reviews
Beautiful gift book! Twelve-year-old Nellie Lee's family moves north to Chicago in search of a better life. Like many other African Americans, they hope to escape the racism of the rural south and take advantage of the opportunities in the city. Instead, they find themselves faced with a more sinister form of prejudice -- hatred within there own race.
Also,it is about why the blacks left the South after World War 1 to move up North. There was a mss exodus in 1919. This is the one of the best of the Dear America books and I have read most of them.
At the end of this book it ties in the history of this period. Many of the people in the Books are real and the historical events in this book are true. I must say I was shocked how black people who served in World War 1 were treated at the end of the war, particularly in the south. Some of the black soldiers in WW1 did not return to the south and the reasons why are shocking.