Hello My Friends!
I’d like to introduce myself to all of you and tell you what motivated me to write.
My name is Shirley Harris-Slaughter. I was born in the great state of Michigan and raised in the Charter Township of Royal Oak. I spent most of my time dreaming of the day when I could get out and start my life. Then I discovered we were a historical community founded by a runaway slave on the “underground railroad.” I began to appreciate my roots. I discovered all this history way before ever thinking about writing.
My mother was a gifted poet and writer of children’s stories. She also was a great speaker. So what in the world could I contribute to this family? My parents were activists in the community and I watched them not realizing they were shaping me. I became a community activist before I started to write and I developed an appreciation for historical places and buildings which led me to try and save our local train station. I wrote a thesis on The Implementation of the Most Comprehensive Approach to Restoring the Michigan Central Depot. This project brought lots of attention and publicity to this neglected historical site. I have in my possession a CD, allowing me to re-visit that moment in history. I would love to share it with a group if there is an interest.
All of this led me to try and capture the history of our Catholic Community which is gone now. So I wrote about my experience growing up in this environment. I titled the book, Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community. The title kind of stuck although my intention was to change it. This book had been gathering momentum in my head for a long time before I actually set down to write. I felt that our history was gone because the church had merged and the school was razed after sitting empty for years and becoming an eyesore.
I was invited to speak about this to the Fred Hart Williams Geneological Society affiliated with the Detroit Public Library’s Burton Historical Collections. Mark Bowden coined the book a Narrative History. They asked me to speak because they never had history told in narrative form before. Genealogy is normally written in a chronological timeline format. They were very excited to hear what I had to say and I was more than happy to accommodate them.
After all, this history is who I am.
ABOUT THE BOOK
I wrote about local history and growing up in a Catholic Community. My love of history and tradition propelled me into this forum.
Writing this book was a natural outgrowth of my community activism. Thus, Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African American Catholic Community was born. Besides, no one else was going to do it. I didn’t understand initially that I was the chosen one.
Little did I know the “can of worms” I was about to unleash. But I needn’t have worried…no one was ready to challenge my findings. They just pretended like there was nothing to be concerned about. And so I was ignored for the most part with the exception of a few close friends. And then Nonnie Jules crossed my path and I joined Rave Reviews Book Club and excitement for the book was re-ignited.
I am a proud member of Rave Reviews Book Club—the place for Indie Authors!
I tried to fight the e-book craze but gave in finally. I don’t think that is good for history and all that implies because you want to hold that kind of book in your hands. I feel the same way about Sci-Fi Fantasy thriller books now that I am a fan. Fortunately I still have a remedy for you book lovers who cherish putting this kind of book on a shelf.
You can click here for a limited edition hardcover autographed copy of this precious book: http://olvremembered.wordpress.com/about-the-book/ Once these gems are gone that’s it!
Thank you so much.
Shirley Harris-Slaughter, Author