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Virtual Event – Dolores Johnson
January 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Magic City Books is proud to welcome Dolores Johnson, author of the memoir, Say I’m Dead: A Family Memoir of Race, Secrets, and Love, for a virtual author program.
Say I’m Dead is the true story of family secrets, separation, courage, and trans-formation through five generations of interracial relationships. Fearful of prison time–or lynching–for violating Indiana’s anti-miscegenation laws in the 1940s, E. Dolores Johnson’s black father and white mother fled Indianapolis to secretly marry in Buffalo, New York.
When Johnson was born, social norms and her government-issued birth certificate said she was Negro, nullifying her mother’s white blood in her identity. Later, as a Harvard-educated business executive feeling too far from her black roots, she searched her father’s black genealogy. But in the process, Johnson suddenly realized that her mother’s whole white family was–and always had been–missing. When she began to pry, her mother’s 36-year-old secret spilled out. Her mother had simply vanished from Indiana, evading an FBI and police search that had ended with the conclusion that she had been the victim of foul play.
This free event will be hosted on the Zoom platform and will also be streamed on Facebook Live. To register in advance for the Zoom event visit: https://magiccitybooks.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_V-IjgviOTeC4ZkZYkD72Lg.
After you register you will receive a confirmation email with details about how to join the event on Monday, January 18 at 7:00 pm CT.
Say I’m Dead is available at Magic City Books to purchase in the store or you can purchase it online for in store pickup or to have it shipped, https://magiccitybooks.square.site/product/say-i-m-dead/382.