Monday, 18 August 2014

Get to know Shirley Harris-Slaughter.

Welcome to The Distracted Yogi! 

This week I'm doing something a little different, why? Well, when someone comes along & writes an important book I want YOU to know about it: Shirley Harris-Slaughter is that Someone

Our Lady of Victory:The Saga Of An African-American Catholic Community,

is That Book!

History is written but most often it's incomplete, one-sided, lop-sided or downright fiction! Shirley's book aims (& succeeds!) to clarify some of the gaping holes & inconsistencies of Black American History, specific to southeastern Michigan, pre-1970's. 

This is what you can expect: “This book will present the facts – and some of those facts may not make for pleasant reading."

Which is exactly why this is my kind of book & if You appreciate getting the facts separated from the fiction then You will Love it too! So, 

please join me & many others who have discovered Shirley Harris-Slaughter then celebrate her devotion to our mutual enlightenment;-)

**see links to Reviews, Shirley's Blog & To Purchase at the end of this blogpost.

In Shirley's own Words:

You have probably heard about the water situation right here in my town of Detroit, Michigan. It is the main news and has been for weeks now because of the emergency situation Detroit has found itself in when the city went bankrupt.
The water Dept. has threatened to shut off water to thousands of Detroiters who have not paid their water bill. Businesses have also been delinquent, but have not gotten shutoff notices, and therein lies the rub.
There have been demonstrations around the country in support of these citizens who are in trouble. The thought is that providing water should be a basic right. Something should be worked out so people can continue getting water while the payments are worked out.
Suddenly big businesses have started paying their bills to the tune of millions of dollars which should never have gotten behind in the first place. The water board is working with delinquent residents to get the threat removed. They only started doing this when it became a political “hot potato.”
I’m listening to the news on 8/4/14, and the water ban was lifted in Ohio so that folks could start drinking that water again. It was too toxic for people to drink. The poison was caused by blue and green algae that had grown out of control and was causing a chemical change in the water. The crisis was caused by too much phosphorus in the water from surrounding communities, rivers and lakes.
Both of these problems can be resolved if all communities including Canada would work together to solve the problem. It’s like we are having problems that they have in third world countries. Is this what we have come to?
Fast forward to a few days ago when we experienced the worst flooding in Michigan history. I say there is definite climate change going on and misuse of our land by unscrupulous businesses. We have to become better caretakers of this planet or we won’t have anything left to pass on to our children.
This is a warning and it’s just the beginning.

Author Bio:   
Shirley Harris-Slaughter is a Michigan native. She is a community activist having been a school board trustee in the Oak Park School District.  She mentored four freshmen girls in the Winning Futures Program.  Her interest also lies in politics and helping to elect candidates running for public office. She studies the issues and votes! Shirley loves trains, vintage clothes, and old buildings with historic significance. So it was a natural that she would write about growing up in historic Royal Oak Twp. and keep alive a catholic community that was about to lose its history and identity. It seems that everything she loved had been closed down and she was not about to let any of it be forgotten.

Shirley joined Rave Reviews Book Club because she recognized the need to support fellow authors in order to move forward in her own endeavors. She already had a thriving relationship with like twitter followers. “We all had the same goals so it was a natural fit.”
The culmination of all these experiences pushed her in the direction of becoming a first-time author. Unlike most authors who have a passion to write from early on, she was pushed into becoming an author out of necessity.
Shirley Harris-Slaughter, Author

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  1. Many thanks, Distracted Yogi, for hosting Shirley. I just LOVE your blog, by the way! Shirley, congrats on your book's re-launch and my very best wishes for your continued success. xoxo :)

    1. That's wonderful Danica thank you so much!

    2. You are so welcome Danica. Thanks for joining me on this beautiful and colorful blog.

  2. Shirley, how sad is that water situation? To hear this, breaks my heart. The little people don't matter much until the big people start to feel their discomfort.

    1. Yes Nonnie, its hard to believe it has come to this. There are other things going on too and we all better start paying attention. Thanks for being here and hearing my rant. lol

  3. That is an unfortunate truth Noni Jules. Perhaos though books such as Shirley's can help us all transition into something better. Significant change can happen spontaneously if enough people are paying attention.

  4. Shirley your comments about the water situation are exactly what people need to read. I live in Canada & like you feel our respective countries are the New Third Worlds. Our infrastructures are failing & our politicians lack courage. We are at another crossroads & it's people like You who are providing the inspiration for so many others! Thank you Shirley, for being so brave. xo

    1. Thank you M.G. for providing a forum for this kind of conversation. This is just another way for getting people to know a little about me and what drives me. You are so right about our infrastructure failing. With the flood we see just how fragile our system is. Its quite scary.

  5. M G did you get the images to upload in your blog? Just noticing that they are not there, at least from my vantage point. lol. Again thank you for hosting me on such a beautiful blog.

    1. Hey there Shirley, yes they are there! That's very odd though, perhaps your browser is playing tricks on you?
      You're so welcome for the hosting...I intend to leave it up for a while longer;-) Michelle (MG)


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