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Book: You Must Be a Jones

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You Must Be A Jones, A Family Memoir is a heartwarming story of an African-American family persevering during some of the country’s most significant periods of change. The story highlights how the committed and hardworking African American parents of the author, Lydia Jones Cole, created a happy and wholesome life and promising futures for their seven children despite the limitations of segregation and racism.

The author hails from the High View Park neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia. In this touching memoir, she shares a glimpse into the lives of one large black family who refused to let racism and modest means keep them from reaching their goals. Her story higlights the impact of segregation and integration and the power of a close family and determined parents, and the magic of growing up in a place where everyone knows your name.  She shows you how she and her brothers and sisters learned the importance of never giving up.

You Must Be A Jones evokes tears, laughter, and nostalgia for families and communities that support and uplift their neighbors and friends. With an open and curious mind, readers will connect with a story not typically told of African American families.

  • Softcover, 247 pgs, includes an appendix with a select bibliography
  • Publisher New Degree Press, 2020

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