HELLO AND WELCOME TO THE #RRBC 2019 OCTOBER-WEEN BLOCK PARTY!
HERE ARE THE WINNERS OF MY GIVEAWAYS…
(1) $5 Amazon Gift Card – Miranda L
(1) “Our Lady of Victory” EBook – Cassidy Salem
(1) A Citizen’s Group In Action EBook – Susanne Leist
Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community
I must have had an out-of-body experience to take on the task of researching, writing and publishing OLV’s story. I didn’t want to do it, but the voice inside my head would not go away. I could not dismiss it, as much as I tried. And so Our Lady of Victory was born. I knew the story, but had to do some research to get all of the facts straight. How this little church community came into existence is an amazing tale of starts and stops before the first brick was laid.
I created this website to bring the history to life and provide a home to talk and ask questions. Coming to RRBC gave me a platform to keep the conversation going. I even created a Facebook page.
Maybe I became a little obsessed about it, but before my efforts, you couldn’t find anything about this little community. I was on a mission to change all that.
5***** Star Read! 2/24/14
Let me start off by establishing one very important fact: I AM NOT CATHOLIC. And because of that fact, I felt there wouldn’t be much for me inside the covers of this book. I bought the book because I wanted to support this author. I read the book all the way through because of the INTRODUCTION, paragraph 2 which states: “This book will present the facts – and some of those facts may not make for pleasant reading. I make no apologies since I had nothing to do with making the policies that shaped Our Lady of Victory and our lives…I ask that you understand that I am only the messenger.” So, let me explain to you why the INTRODUCTION, paragraph 2 got MY attention: 1) I like facts, and I’m impressed by people who feel no qualms about sharing factual information, be it comfortable or not; and 2) I love people who make no apologies for speaking their truths!
OUR LADY OF VICTORY is a story of a black, Catholic community that is no more. I was in awe of the author for the time and patience it must have taken to secure all this data and these facts, and to lay it all out the way it is now…in this great book. This author wants everyone to understand that her book is a NARRATIVE HISTORY. Don’t mistake it for a novel, a short story, fantasy, or any other genre. It is the HISTORY of this church and how its existence and its demise, shaped so many of the lives that passed thru its doors.
Should I be ashamed to admit that when the author said “…some of those facts may not make for pleasant reading,” I instantly knew there was a cover-up involved here? And who doesn’t love a good cover-up/mystery, especially one that gets UN-COVERED? Shirley H. Slaughter uncovered some things about the higher-ups and the powers-that-be in that church, that a lot of people would have never touched with a ten-foot pole and I’m sure, some are still “whispering” about today.
Let me get to what you came here for…this book was one of the most detailed books I’ve ever read. At first glance, I thought, “All this information is going to give me brain freeze,” but once into it, I found myself anxious for more. Again, I’m not Catholic and don’t know much about the religion (other than I love this new POPE you guys have!), so I really enjoyed being “schooled” by an author who puts information together as well as this one did. I’m a stickler for (almost) perfect anything, but especially (almost) perfect writing. Mrs. Slaughter delivered a home-run for me. It was clean, it was detailed, but most of all, it was interesting. The best part is, you don’t have to be Catholic to enjoy this book. She gets 5***** stars from me for her compilation of the facts, and we all know how hard that is to do!
A Must Read!
January 26, 2018
Thank you, Shirley Harris-Slaughter for sharing an incredible part of history that I was unaware of until reading this book. Yes, I knew of racism, but not inside the church. And certainly not in the form of a concrete wall separating the races in a Detroit community. I am proud of all the efforts by so many who continued building a better future for their children with schools, and a church. It was mind-boggling to see their progress halted. Had I lived in that time, and in that community, I would have felt like a prisoner with someone else in control of my life. Much respect to all who worked so hard, and for so long. Loved hearing about the people, and loved the pictures. What an awesome church family to grow with through the years. It does make one wonder what other history remains localized that should be shared with the entire public. Well written, and a must read! I highly recommend this book to all!
UPDATE: OLV is now housed in a little chapel behind St. Scholastica’s. They kept the church community, but housed it in the back of another church? Did anybody think the problem would be solved? Archbishop Vigneron apologized for what was done to the Black Catholic Community.
Maybe it’s too late. The damage has taken a toll and the numbers are dwindling rapidly.
A Citizen’s Group In Action: Saving a Train Station
Since I wrote a book about history, it is only natural that I would gravitate towards saving a train station. I can’t believe I took this huge task on. But I did and never looked back, except to watch a video presentation of the workshop I created and produced to try and save Detroit’s landmark station. In fact I took this project on before even thinking about writing a book.
Around 1992, this study was pulled together for one specific purpose – to save the Michigan Central Depot, a train station in downtown Detroit. After it was boarded up in the 1980s, I agonized about what was happening to the building as it descended into neglect and decay; with no hope of it ever rising to its former glory. I needed to form a plan and a way to do it. Attending a university afforded me that opportunity. I always loved trains even though there was never a chance for me to experience the thrill of it all growing up. My mother was pregnant with me when she traveled, by train, from California, all the way to Detroit, to be with my dad’s family while he was stationed in Guam during World War II. So I always thought that I was touched in the womb. There was no other way to explain this love affair with trains.
Fortunately while group efforts failed so many times in the past, on June 11, 2018, the station was purchased by the Ford Motor Company.
Author Page: http://wp.me/P43s9i-1m
OLV Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Our-Lady-of-Victory-796220353772511/?modal=suggested_action¬if_id=1570066314043196¬if_t=page_user_activity
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