"A clear, poignant, eloquent account of a courageous young woman whose tortured father and heroic mother helped shape her wonderful destiny."
–James McBride, author of The Color of Water
"Excruciatingly honest–Good autobiography requires not only literary skill but also passion and candor. All these Rosemary L. Bray displays in abundance."
–The New York Times Book Review
"In this richly told, well-written memoir, Bray pushes beyond easy summations of her life, beyond the boxes and categories; she claims and celebrates her life, presenting her story in all of its many dimensions."
"Straightforward–brisk and rousing–should be read by all who seek to ‘know’ welfare, not according to the fund of racist and malignant misconceptions but according to the testimony of one who actually knows it from inside."
–Washington Post Book World
"Inspirational–More than a memoir, it is a 1960s coming-of-age tale, a professional development review, and a collection of essays on class, race, and political issues as they intersect in a Black woman’s life."