My Triumph Over Prejudice

My Triumph Over Prejudice

A Memoir

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"My Triumph Over Prejudice is the autobiographical account of a black girl growing up in Mississippi during the Civil Rights era. Martha Wyatt-Rossignol examines the effects that period had on her life and what happened when the movement arrived in her small town of Fayette. She details the conditions under which blacks lived during that time of segregation and how those rules were gradually changed in the face of enormous opposition from whites. Wyatt-Rossignol describes the racial hatred incurred as a result of her being chosen for a pilot school desegregation program and a failed marriage to an African American man, leading to her dating and later marrying a white man, with whom she is still married. Her marriage resulted in opprobrium from both the white and black communities and revealed the complexities of race and racism in her hometown. The story also follows the politics of that era in a local context as black politicians assumed more power and began to improve life for all races in this rural area. She then details the betrayal felt by many blacks as these key figures over-reached their authority and started pursuing their own agendas. An intimate and revealing portrait of Charles Evers, the first black mayor of Fayette and brother of Medgar Evers, is included in this section. The book goes on to describe how the author learned to hate the white race, in kind, as a result of her experiences, and what she had to do to overcome it. The story concludes with her move out of Mississippi to the island of Bermuda and her encounters with a very different racial environment"-- Provided by publisher.
"My Triumph over Prejudice is the autobiography of a black girl growing up in Mississippi during the civil rights era. Born in 1949, Martha Wyatt-Rossignol came of age during some of the most crucial and dangerous years of the civil rights movement. She examines those years and what happened when the movement upended her small town of Fayette. She describes the conditions under which blacks lived during segregation and how those oppressive rules changed, despite massive resistance from whites. Wyatt-Rossignol faced racial hatred when she was chosen for an early school desegregation program. Her failed marriage to an African American led to her dating and later wedding a white man, a civil rights worker from the North, to whom she is still married. That union sparked disapproval from both the white and black communities, revealing entrenched complexities of race and racism in her hometown. Her story also follows the politics of that volatile era in a local context. Black politicians, helped by national civil rights figures, assumed more power and began improving life for all races in this rural area. Then came a betrayal felt by many blacks as these key figures overreached their authority and started pursuing their own selfish agendas. An intimate, revealing portrait of Charles Evers, the first black mayor of Fayette and brother of Medgar Evers, is included in this section. The memoir goes on to portray how the author learned to hate whites as a result of her experiences and how she later overcame that animosity. Wyatt-Rossignol's story concludes with her move out of Mississippi to the island of Bermuda, where she encounters a very different racial environment"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2016]
ISBN: 9781496806031
1496806034
Branch Call Number: BIO WYATT R WYATT R
Characteristics: vi, 227 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Wyatt-Rossignol, Martha - Author

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