Freedom In the Family
A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the
Fight for Civil Rights
By Tananarive Due and Patricia Stephens Due
One World; ISBN: 0345447336
"Affecting... This is a must-read for those who want to know
how movement is made and sustained."
- Julian Bond, chairman, NAACP
"Readers will most likely be charmed and educated by these two dedicated,
candid, brilliant women."
- Kirkus Reviews
"What's most revealing about Freedom in the Family is that it underscores the fact that for blacks
in America, the struggles of the past are definitely not past."
– Nathan McCall, author of Makes Me Wanna Holler
"The Civil Rights Movement was more than court cases, legislation, and national leaders. It was
about inspired and selfless individuals like Patricia Stephens Due, who dedicate their entire lives to
seeking racial justice. Freedom in the Family provides a rare glimpse into how one family helped
make the Civil Rights Movement happen. It is also a living testament to the enduring personal and
family consequences of the struggle for freedom and equality."
– Glenda Alice Rabby, author of The Pain and the Promise: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Tallahassee, Florida
"Freedom in the Family" is American history, written by those who lived it. No novel could be more
tense, human and inspirational – and it's all true, a testament to character and endurance written by
women who took active roles in the dramatic events that forever changed the face of this nation. A
must-read for every freedom-loving American."
– Edna Buchanan, author of The Corpse Had a Familiar Face and The Ice Maiden
"The Dues make it easy for the reader to transition from the past to the present, but hard to forget
the drama therein and impossible to overlook the sweet sorrow of a mother and daughter having to
walk some of the same testy ground on matters racial. There are many heroes and heroines of the
civil rights movement. Tananarive's mother is one; but so is Ms. Due for continuing on that path."
– Deborah Mathis, author of Yet a Stranger: Why Black Americans Still Don't Feel at Home