By Carolivia Herron
An aged black grandmother passes at the tale of the family's Jewish origins to her younger granddaughter, Carol Olivia. As family flee the Spanish Inquisition, are abducted through pirates and finally sail to the US, one daughter in every one iteration is given the identify Olivia, from the Hebrew Shulamit that means "peace," to honor the Jewish a part of their ancestry. Critically-acclaimed writer Carolivia Herron (Nappy Hair) stocks this enticing, multicultural story is predicated on her personal family's history.
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You are the Olivia of your generation. ” 30 Jews and Racial Designation — An Historical Note Jews were not considered white until the early twentieth century, and when in 1957 my great-grandmother told me this story of our Jewish ancestors, it was clear that she did not consider our Jewish forebears white. The concept of there being only three races (Asian, European, and African) is relatively recent in the history of racial designations. In the nineteenth century, there were hundreds of races, most, including Jews, being considered neither black nor white.
Yet generation after generation kept a special promise to Sarah to honor their Jewish heritage. COM • 800-KARBEN Kar-Ben A DIVISION OF LERNER PUBLISHING GROUP, INC. A.
Generations later, one girl, Sarah, was captured by pirates who planned to sell her in North Africa. But when they landed in Tripoli, Libya, Jewish leaders helped Sarah and her friend James escape. They sailed to America and settled on the Georgia Sea Islands where James and Sarah’s children— and their children—married into Geechee families of African descent. Yet generation after generation kept a special promise to Sarah to honor their Jewish heritage. COM • 800-KARBEN Kar-Ben A DIVISION OF LERNER PUBLISHING GROUP, INC.
Always an Olivia: A Remarkable Family History (Jewish Identity) by Carolivia Herron