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Black and White Makes Brown by Cornelia Brown
We are all a shade of brown. Some are very light and some are very dark, but most of us are a shade in between
“This book was in my heart and soul for many years. Hurt and pain, confusion and being too afraid to speak up and make a stand, backed up in my spirit. Once my daughters where born, the joy and happiness they brought me was only outdone by the births of my grand children. The words of my relative "Don't put any multiracial children into the world" where put to rest by the success of my two daughters, one a Physician, the other in real-estate and of course by the world changing election, that enabled a multiracial man to rise to the highest office in the USA and yes even the world” -Cornelia Brown
Black and White Make Brown is an autobiographical story told by author, Cornelia Brown. Brown is a German immigrant married to a retired American service man. From the Bavarian highlands of southern Germany to Louisiana and Georgia, she has traveled far to pursue a life with the man she loved. “Black and White Makes Brown” begins with the title quote from, Kayla, Cornelia Brown's granddaughter, referring to conversations with her school friends, say, "...I know Black and White makes Brown." Although this quote is key to the book and is in the first chapter, it effectively captures the true essence of this gripping story.
Brown's husband is African-American; they got married at a time when interracial marriages/unions were not in vogue. She met her beloved husband, an American GI stationed in Germany – at a dance party, he offered her a ride home and the rest was history. Shortly after their romance began, he received news that he had to return to the US – she was devastated. Shortly thereafter she discovered she was pregnant -which at the time was certainly unwelcome and unthinkable news to her conservative German family. With great pain, Cornelia shares how her family sent her to off to Austria to have an abortion to avoid having a mixed race child - and how she overcame this and all obstacles that came before her and ultimately ended up with her true love. Once in America, she was not exempt from racism, she encountered the same hate, prejudice that she experienced in her homeland because she chose to love someone of a different color. There are many trials, tribulations and personal suffering revealed through the stories. Brown writes of the courage of her husband and children as well as her husband's family. She also deals with each prejudice as it is encountered while trying just to be herself.
This is an important tale to tell. It is a sad reminder of the harsh realities of the world we live in. It is also a lesson in the triumph of the human spirit and of how love can conquer most things. Race does not preclude any two people falling in love. It does not change anything in the people or their families, but the effects of prejudice surround us everyday.
In 1967, the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Loving v. Virginia that: "Marriage is one of the 'basic civil rights of man,' fundamental to our very existence and survival.... To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discriminations. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not to marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State."
Cornelia Brown’s “Black and White Makes Brown” heartfelt mission is showing you how to love blindly."
ABOUT MRS. BROWN
Author and Speaker Cornelia Brown daughter in-law of Carrie and Robert Brown of Tuskegee is ready to make a difference in the multi-cultural/racial community! Where ever she goes the message of multi-cultural/racial diversity goes with her!
Published Author, realtor and speaker Cornelia Brown has a heart for the cultural and racially mixed families in the Southside of Atlanta! The fastest growing demographic in the world (per associated press) is the blended family of today. Not many events and programs reach out to those racially mixed families.
The German born Brown is the Georgia director for “A place for us National” ( an organization under the direction of founder Dr.Ruth White) and the creator of her group “All shades and flavors.” She travels all over the world, including Tuskegee community events and invites people to take a closer look and re-evaluate their misconceptions and switch from mere tolerance to acceptance! Her hour of power in churches is called “Amazing grace for all of God’s children and brings a new and fresh twist tol diversity events that long to bring different Nations together.
Volunteers sing, dance, read and help with bone marrow drives and church programs for young and old! Some of the top honorees that where present where Dianne and Russell Worcester, Porcia Johnson and Zoe Felton, Camilla and Robert Hall, Roxanne and many others. Singer Penny Smith, Minister Patty Francisco and Colleen Smith could not attend! There are so many, that made a difference and all played an important part in making this huge mission successful. Brown’s family, her pastors at Church “COTHI” and friends have been very supportive in this effort to bring education and information to this area.
“There is still a lot of work to do in the places of worship, the workplace and in the schools. Our children must be allowed to celebrate all of their heritages and not be forced to choose one over the other,: says Brown passionately. “This type of celebration brings true diversity! Mono-racial families and racially blended families from all Nations come together and begin to embrace and learn about each other in a celebration of “every shade and flavor.” At each event the community is introduced to the great need of bone marrow donations and visitors are given the opportunity to get swabbed or make a monetary donation.
Cornelia Brown’s favorite quote out of her successful book “Black and white makes brown “is” We are all a shade of brown, some very light and some very dark but most of us are a shade in between.” Humanity is a huge puzzle and as long as one puzzle piece is missing, we will never enjoy full and true acceptance! For upcoming events email Cornelia Brown or check her out on Face book. To schedule a speaking engagement/diversity workshop or book signing call 404-786-0873.