By Wanda Lee-Stevens
50 Years of Assimilation is not an African American story, or a Black story. It is an American story. Dr. Martin Luther King proclaimed, "I Have a Dream" on August 28, 1963. For millions of listeners, Dr. King's words promised the opening of a new and wondrous window-of equal opportunity-for "citizens of all color"-to live "The American Dream." Author Wanda Lee-Stevens was born that same year, and for her, the future could not have looked brighter.
In the wake of Dr. King's speech, she had been born in a "new land" where she could fulfill his vision of that historical, transformational moment. Now after a half-century of living her "reality," in a new book, 50 Years of Assimilation: From the Midwest to the Wild West and All the Blackness & Whiteness In-Between, the author opens a deeply personal-yet public-window for all Americans to look further into what it was that Dr. King "saw" on that celebrated day.
Her book is a "love letter," and open letter, to Dr. King, in which she remembers, poignantly, and with deep respect, the man who dared to dream a future for her steeped "in the riches of freedom and the securities of justice." In her letter, she asks Dr. King to look ahead, to come along with her, and countless fellow Americans, on the long, long road it has been to live out his "Dream."
0.63" H x 8.5" L x 5.51" W (0.77 lbs) 302 pages