This week we focus on business. In this section of the book we take a moment from when Zo is having a chat with her new friend Andrew. She is running her plans by him. Remember this is 1912.
“I gonna run by Mr. Sweet tomorrow an see if he will let me write for his paper.”
“Girl, he won’t let no woman do that kind of work.”
“I have experience. I even have some bylines.”
“You will be better going to clean someone’s house. I know this little family that can use someone.”
She looked at him like he had insulted her. He needed to know she as not some ordinary heifer. She was capable of much more.
“I don’t clean other people’s houses. I am an educated woman.”
An African American woman moved home to take care of her dying mother giving up the opportunity to experience a world beyond segregation. Zoraida Hughes Williams finds that some things have changed about her hometown of Fort Worth, Texas while some have stayed the same, like Hell’s Half Acre, an area where saloons, prostitution and gambling runs wild. Like most of the residents, she wants to keep her head down and stay away from trouble, but it comes in the unlikely form of an Anglo Baptist preacher. He messes up everything and almost gets them killed.
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