On the Beat of Truth A Hearing Daughter's Stories of Her Black Deaf Parents

ISBN-10: 1563685523
ISBN-13: 9781563685521
Edition: 2013
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Description: As an African American woman born in 1943, Maxine Childress Brown possessed a unique vantage point to witness the transformative events in her parents’ lives. Both came from the South -- her father, Herbert Childress, from Knoxville, TN, and her  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
Publication date: 6/21/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.90" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

As an African American woman born in 1943, Maxine Childress Brown possessed a unique vantage point to witness the transformative events in her parents’ lives. Both came from the South -- her father, Herbert Childress, from Knoxville, TN, and her mother, Thomasina Noble Brown, from Concord, NC. The oldest of three daughters, Maxine was fascinated by her parents’ stories. She marveled at how they raised a well-respected, middle-class family in the midst of segregation with the added challenge of being deaf.       Her parents met in Washington, DC, where they married and settled down. Her father worked as a shoe repairman for $65 per week for more than 15 years. A gifted seamstress, her mother gave up sewing to clean houses. Because of their modest means, Maxine and her sisters lived more than modest lives. When Maxine’s tonsils became infected, her parents could not afford the operation to have them removed. For her high school prom, her mother bought her a dress on credit because she had no time to sew. Herbert Childress showed great love for his young daughters, but events turned him to bitterness and to drink. Throughout all, Thomasina encouraged her girls, always urging them to excel. She demanded their honest best with her signature phrase, her flat hand raised from her mouth straight up in the air, “on the beat of truth.”

Foreword
Prologue
Acknowledgments
Brown and Childress Family Trees
A Policeman Comes A-Knockin'
Herbert Andrew Childress
Annie Dublin Nero and Martha Nero Brown
Thomasina Brown
Maxine
Becoming Aware of Things, Part I
Silent Herbert
Becoming Aware of Things, Part II
Social Club and Church
Summer with Grandma
From Chocolates to Fresh Goat and Pig Meat
Crossword Pruzzles and Pearl Bailey
The Bench
Becoming Aware of Things, Part III
The Notebook
From Happiness to Misery
Asbury Park
When Tempers Flare
Theodore Beamon
Let It Go
Epilogue

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