The Ancestors Are Smiling!
Announcing Kanika's alter-ego, Kathy Lynne Marshall, who has begun writing genealogy and art books under the Kanika African Sculptures and Books Publishing Company. My newly-released "THE ANCESTORS ARE SMILING!" is available from this website (for an autographed copy) or from Amazon.com (no autograph).
A preview of the book may be viewed at: https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1228676
The Ancestors Are Smiling! is a collection of uplifting, touching, funny, and sometimes harrowing real life stories, creatively told by Kathy Marshall’s ancestors and their descendants.
Marshall’s great-grandmother, Ella, worked for a congressman who convinced President Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, making it possible for her second great-grandmother, Margaret, to transport her 5 enslaved children in a buckboard to freedom in Ohio. Great-aunt Reba describes receiving her high school diploma at 106 and being profiled in Essence Magazine and on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Pullman Porter Austin’s dream came true when his wayward son (Marshall’s father) became a doctor. Marshall’s mother, Mary, a Principal, shares her excitement when Apple Computers installed the first computer technology lab in her Sacramento school in 1983. And 93-year-old great-uncle Charles describes how he became a medical miracle in 1946.
These true stories are woven by Marshall with the African fabric of American historical events. The tenacity of these courageous spirits drove them to ensure that each generation had a better life than the last.
Kathy Marshall was a researcher/analyst with the California Patrol for 36 years and has been exploring her family roots for four decades. This is the first in a series of books investigating her enslaved ancestors and their descendants. Marshall truly believes that "The Ancestors Are Smiling!"