Meet My Mother, One of the Strongest Women I Ever Knew
Meet my late mother, Alethia.
She was born in 1939 to a single mother who was blind and could not keep her. Her mother, Elizabeth, gave her away to her aunt, Charity.
This photo was taken circa 1956 at the height of segregation in the U.S.
The sweater she was wearing is turned on the opposite side with the buttons in the back instead of the front. She told me several times that that was the way girls wore their sweaters back then!
My mother graduated from Berkeley Training High School in 1956 (the writing you see on the picture is “With Love, Alethia C/O 56). During this time period, African-Americans were taught industrial classes like masonry, carpentry, etc.
She married in 1959 and had three children. She lived to be 75 years old. She passed away in July of 2014.
One of the first things I did the day she died was grab the family photo album. I am big on maintaining and keeping family history and photos! ~shared by @CrawfordKLewis