The Grace of Silence

The Grace of Silence

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  • If only they knew
  • Goodness sakes, it's not even noon yet!
  • White neighbors: "Christ, why did he have to be white?"
  • Only Negro Alexandria High Graduate Portrays Version of 'Aunt Jemima': Hundreds of Pancakes Served Here Friday by Former Ione Hopson.
  • Michele Norris and her father, Belvin Norris Jr. were at the airport. Her father had to go back to Minnesota so he can be treated for an unknown illness. In the airport, they faced racism and condemnation from two blond white women. 
  • I don't bring chitterlings in my kitchens
  • You'd cook them if I told you to
  • As Betty and Michele Norris entered their house, they heard an intruder upstairs. Betty was so fed up that she went upstairs. As soon as she reached, there was a  long blond-haired teenager already running out the door. 
  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Michele Norris found out that her grandmother Ione used to be an Aunt Jemima in an old newspaper. Aunt Jemima also known as Mammies are about self-sacrifice and earthly wisdom; they are never spiteful. The origin of the origional Aunt Jemima is that she was a slave who cooked pancakes.  
  • You know, your father was shot...Shot in the leg.
  • Betty Norris tells Michele about why her marriage ended.  Betty said that they were at a party and during the talk of chitterlings, her father was willing to humiliate her.
  • Michele Norris tells of her and her father’s memories in Birmingham, Alabama. 
  • In the morning, during breakfast, Joe Nathan Norris told Michele that her Dad was shot in the leg by a cop. 
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