By Joan Steinau Lester,Coretta Scott King
They name her the "Warrior at the Hill," acknowledging the battles she's waged as a political pioneer throughout greater than 4 many years of yankee background. might be greater than an individual else, she has taken to center Eleanor Roosevelt's recognized pronouncement that "every political girl must improve pores and skin as difficult as rhinoceros hide."
Joan Steinau Lester shared a lot of the final 40 years with Eleanor Holmes Norton. They met in 1958 once they have been either scholars at Antioch collage. Now an acclaimed writer, Lester stocks her friendship with the congresswoman and tells the tale of 1 woman's upward thrust to management. Charting 40 years of political and private problem, fireplace in My Soul exhibits Norton marching at the Capitol to call for a Senate listening to for Anita Hill; grilling military generals approximately intercourse abuse; arguing ahead of the perfect court docket to uphold first modification rights, even for a segregationist; and lots more and plenty extra. Norton's tale is organically associated with Washington, D.C., domestic to her relations for 4 generations, and divulges why she is now the voice of town.
This interesting biography, informed principally in Norton's phrases, showcases as by no means prior to the numerous features of a girl who is still an iconic torch-bearer for the legacy of the Civil Rights circulation. rankings of conversations with Norton and approximately 100 interviews with colleagues, relations, and associates have made Fire in My Soul a striking record of ways one impressive girl helped to impact lasting switch within the methods we engage throughout racial and gender lines.
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