Lois Leveen

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January 24, 2013

I’d Like to Thank the Academy

Darlene Clark Hine is a renowned historian. Her book A Shining Thread of Hope was one of the first comprehensive surveys of African American women's history.

Leveen and Hine photo

And Shining Thread is where I first learned about Mary Bowser. So without Darlene--there would be no novel!

I am incredibly flattered that she came to hear me speak at the Pritzker Military Library, and incredibly proud to have earned her compliments on The Secrets of Mary Bowser.

I read a scene that she said made her cry. Then that made me cry. We were a couple of faklempt scholars of African American studies, yes indeed we were.
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