Rose Ellen and Pearl are East Texas gals. Born and raised here, they walk the walk and talk the talk. The two women are now in their sixties, and prefer to be called boomer/seniors rather than “seniors,” which designates someone older, like their friend Peggy, who celebrated her 90th birthday dancing at the senior center.
When I first read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor back in third grade, I was appalled at how the Logan family was treated. I thought that surely, this was all fictional, but I soon found that many African-Americans faced racial segregation and violence.
New York Times bestselling author and founding director of the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University makes an appearance July 5 at the First United Methodist Church Faith Center in Longview.