MANY THANKS TO MY INDIEGOGO SUPPORTERS: Stan Alost, Seann & Carissa Anderson, Bobby D. Steele, Jr., Johnny Hayles, Phil & Angela Burdick, Debora Wenger, Dr. Samir Husni, Tamara Redfern, David Gibson, Ruth Robertson, Syreeta Kee, Jeremy Lasky, Teresa Kamins, Mrs. Lela J. Bearden, Drs. Lloyd & Marilyn Robinson (Marilyn Bearden), Dr. John & Mrs. John McAdory (Cynthia Bearden), Suzie Katz, Aaron Turner, Homita McDonald, Ana Moreno, Cynthia Joyce and Curt Chandler.
"What a beautiful celebration of these treasured women. Steele has created a loving memory through these stories and rich portraiture for all of us and for the ages. This book SINGS!"
...Steele's photographs are hymns, diamonds, work songs, and enduring fields of the South's strongest flowers. Their faces and voices speak clearly in the bright gospel of Steele's intimate and spiritual testimony.
―Rachel Eliza Griffiths
"...Veteran photojournalist Alysia Burton Steele plumbs that place in memory through the words and images of over 50 ordinary mothers who made it through that night and emerged with tales to tell." ―Leonard Pitts, Jr.
"This window into the Mississippi Delta is a labor of love by Alysia Steele -- to bring us to the lives of the warrior queens and rescuers known as grandmothers. To meet them is to be rescued and inspired. If they did so much, who are we not to do whatever we can. Buy the book." ― GLORIA STEINEM
DELTA JEWELS hit bookstores nationwide in April 2015. It started as a personal project inspired by the memory of Alysia Burton Steele's grandmother. The project was done without majoring funding or grants, but instead through personal funds from Steele. The New York Times heard about the work and Sam Freedman wrote a column, which lead to book offers. Hachette Book Group published the book. Read the column that started everything.
"A captivating journey for those who want to relive the essence of our loved ones who can no longer touch." ― Reena Evers-Everette
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