Celebrate an African American family. Violet and Everett Banks, a domestic day worker and Pullman porter hold legacy jobs passed down from one generation to the next, jobs that are a bridge from slavery to freedom. Peer into their lives, for ten days, as they manage the expectations of family, community, and ancestors who have gone before them as they are reminded daily that they are building upon a legacy that started long before they were born. Whatever you can imagine is no match for reality.
Award winning Author Tina Jones Williams was born and raised in Berkeley, California. There were six children in her family, three boys and three girls – a perfectly matched set. She attended a neighborhood elementary school where she learned that having fun and getting along with others was the true reason for going to school. She was a member of the first desegregated class in Junior High and went to Berkeley High School, the only public high school in town. Tina loved being a teen in Berkeley in the late 60s – her group of friends had free reign to walk throughout the city and discover ways to navigate the twists and turns of life. Her first summer job at University of California at Berkeley was in a building just off of Sproul Plaza where, on any given day, she could look outside her window and see students protesting social injustice and police officers attempting to dissuade them.
After high school graduation, Tina went to Austin to attend the University of Texas, earning a B.A. degree in Business/General & Comparative Studies. The lure of family brought her back to the Bay Area where she married, settled in Silicon Valley, and had a career in the High Tech Industry. She is still happily married (to the same man) and the mother of two adult children who are the apples of her eye. She is close to her extended family and delights in her friendships. Tina is a proud and active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the oldest African American Sorority with an International membership of 260,000 college-educated women committed to a lifetime of service to ALL mankind. She is also a member of the National League of American Pen Women Berkeley Historical Society Docent, a contributor to the South Berkeley Legacy Project, and a Literacy Coach. As a writer she feels an obligation to help adult learners master the art of reading.
Tina is hopeful that you enjoy reading her books as much as she enjoys writing them.
Books by the author:
Some Things I Want You to Know Sara’s Song, Dance or Get Out, Perfect Pitch, All’s Well That Ends The Julia Street Series
For Their Convenience Bridge to Freedom Book 1