Recent release “Who We Are: Cameron High School Alumni (1957-1971)- Nashville’s Last Generation of Segregated Education” from Page Publishing author Gloria Thomas Pillow is a compelling portrait of a group of teens who came of age in the era of segregation offering first-hand accounts of the lived experience of young Black Americans in the Jim Crow South.
Gloria Thomas Pillow, an author and editor, French and English teacher, great-grandmother, and retired professor of Literature at Michigan State University presently living in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, Thomas, has completed her new book “Who We Are: Cameron High School Alumni (1957-1971)- Nashville’s Last Generation of Segregated Education”: a riveting story of a South must neither be revisited nor ever be forgotten.
“Who We Are” is a memoir—and a study—of a generation of Black youth (including the author) who were the last to be educated under the system of segregation. Specifically, it profiles the Cameron High School classes of 1957–71 in Nashville, Tennessee. Neither a scholarly treatise nor a sociological study, this is more precisely a recollection of events and behaviors and an exposition of the consequent issues, challenges, and life lessons that evolved from this circumstance. In six chapters, this book addresses the what, when, how, and why of who we are. To this end, the book explores the perfect storm created by the confluence of the city of Nashville, the institution of segregation, and Nashville’s Black community and its adult role models—especially the parents and teachers, and the Cameron High School experience itself.
“Who We Are” revisits the Cameron High School of the 1950s and ’60s and the profound impact of this school upon its students. As such, Cameron is emblematic of so many Black institutions of that era known for the incredible dedication of their faculty and their determination to prepare students to live full lives in the larger world as educated, respected, and respectful citizens of tomorrow. To provide a wider view of Cameron than the author’s perspective alone, the final chapter includes essays from other Cameron students and faculty.
“Who We Are” is a thoughtfully crafted journey back in time with a hopeful view toward the future. Framed by racial realities of that era and informed by historical, sociological, and psychological reference, it is, above all, a story of perseverance and possibility.
Published by Page Publishing, Gloria Thomas Pillow’s engrossing book is a must-read for any student of American history.
Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “Who We Are: Cameron High School Alumni (1957-1971)- Nashville’s Last Generation of Segregated Education” online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.
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