Cousins: A Conversation With the Authors
Friday, May 7, 10:00 AM
Connected through slavery, a Black woman and a White woman discover their past—and each other. The authors are Betty Kilby Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby.
What happens when a White woman, Phoebe, contacts a Black woman, Betty, saying she suspects they are connected through slavery? A surprise. Betty responds, “Hello cousin.”
Open to exploring difficult truths and sharing an admiration for Dr. Martin Luther King, they embark on a path towards reconciliation. Each tells her dramatic story - from Betty’s experience desegregating her county’s only high school to Phoebe’s eventual question to Betty: “How do I begin to repair the harms?”
The book may be pre-ordered at Vromans Bookstore in Pasadena. All authors' proceeds from sales of the book are donated to the Kilby Family Scholarship Fund, which offers college scholarships to descendants of the people Phoebe's family enslaved, including Betty's grandchildren.
I'm very excited about this remarkable book. I hope the experiences of Betty and Phoebe will inspire others to sit down at the table of sisterhood and brotherhood to promote racial healing. —US Senator Tim Kaine
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