At the Elbows of My Elders: One Family's Journey Toward Civil Rights by Gail Milissa Grant
Dividing her time between Italy and the United States, author Gail Milissa Grant documents her fascinating family's roots in St. Louis throughout this thought-provoking read.
In this memoir, Gail Milissa Grant presents touching vignettes of a life most Americans know nothing about. She recounts the battles fought by her father, David M. Grant, a lawyer and civil rights activist in St. Louis, and describes the challenges she faced in navigating her way through institutions marked by racial prejudice. The book also illuminates the culture of middle-class African-American families in those difficult times. Grant details how her family built a prosperous life through the operation of a funeral home, the practice of chiropody (podiatry), and work on the railroad.