From the Mississippi Delta, A Memoir – A Book Review

What Dita Said...

DrEIMHollandObitSomeone recommended the memoir of Endesha Ida Mae Holland a while back. I wrote the name down but it literally took years for me to get around to it.

This memoir is not for the faint of heart. Ms. Holland, or Ida Mae, does not sugar-coat anything.  I fell in and out of like with her constantly and for various reasons.  Let me explain.  Life was very hard in the 50’s and 60’s for anyone but especially if you were black and double that if you were a woman.

When young, Ida Mae was probably just a typical child from the poor side of town of Greenwood, Mississippi. Then something terrible happened; something that seemed to pull her inside out.  She was raped – raped by a white man old enough to be her grandfather.  What was even more twisted and diabolical is that the rapist’s wife is the one…

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