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Shaping MemoriesReflections of African American Women Writers$
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Joanne Veal Gabbin

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732740

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732740.001.0001

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A Very Good Year

A Very Good Year

(p.178) A Very Good Year
Shaping Memories

Hermine Pinson

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on the year 1962 and its significance to the life of author Hermine Pinson. She remembers admiring opera singer Leontyne Price, the Reverend James Lawson, Martin Luther King, and John F. Kennedy without knowing anything about them except they were the hope of the black community and the nation. “Integration” was a hot topic at the time, and Pinson saw grown-ups argue excitedly among themselves in living rooms, barbershops, and churches across the city and the nation about what it meant and whether it was necessary. As a young child, Pinson was not aware that she was a “Negro” and that Negroes were not always treated fairly by white people in America. The injustice of segregation or even the occasional eruptions of institutionalized violence in the form of police arrests of protesters didn’t rend the fabric of people’s lives or seriously disrupt the day-to-day rhythm of life in our all-black community.

Keywords:   black community, Hermine Pinson, integration, Negro, segregation, institutionalized violence

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