"This mission is what’s been passed down to me — to write stories
that have been historically absent in this country’s body of literature,
to create mirrors for the people who so rarely see themselves insidencontemporary fiction, and windows for those who think we are no more than the stereotypes they’re so afraid of. To give young people— and all people — a sense of this country’s brilliant and brutal history, so that no one ever thinks they can walk onto a stage one evening and laugh at another’s too often painful past."
Brown Girl Dreaming is about Jacqueline Woodson’s past, in prose.
Prose makes reading accessible for students. Jacqueline
Woodson’s life, from birth, is revealed, one short chapter at a time. Her childhood was filled with loss, pain, and the joys of living both in the north and south. Jacqueline’s southern experience always had the warmth of her grandparents surrounding her. It is in the north where Jacqueline learns independence and develops a love of writing. And then there is the history or racism and prejudice...