Recommended Reading: Michele Norris’ The Grace of Silence

The Grace of Silence: A Memoir/Michele Norris

NPR journalist Michele Norris examines the painful effects of the civil rights era through the lens of her parents’ silence about it.  She uncovers family secrets (her father’s shooting by a white policeman in Birmingham after returning home from WWII and her grandmother’s turn as a traveling Aunt Jemima for Quaker Oats) with, well, grace. Loved that she wrote about Birmingham and also that she included insightful comments from UAB’s Dr. Horace Huntley.

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