I am slowly getting the personal interviews underway, for the firsthand accounts of my first unofficial titled realistic nonfiction historical book : Surviving While Living Black. My intention is to interview and include narratives from seven (7) persons (hopefully both female and male)…seven narratives because being a good Christian Catholic I expound the Symbolic Numbers in the Book of Revelation in the Bible wherein “seven” relates to: perfection, fullness, perfect orderedness, the completeness of creation, in order words, in Revelation. Today, I will begin below “MyStory” for the book in question here, using the questioning format I intend to use for my seven narrative interviewees.
I was named Brenda Gale Sands at birth, on June 14, 1950, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My parents were Annie Sten Carter (died December 1982) who was about fifteen years old at the time of my birth (it was not unusual for girls to get married as early as 12 years old back then in the USA) , and my father was Joe Sands, Sr. (died March 2005) who was eighteen years old at that time and enlisted in the military, whereupon he and my mother decided to get married. Because of Jim Crow Laws prevalent at the time, there was only one hospital in Southern Louisiana for African Americans and that was Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana, about 100 miles south of Baton Rouge where we lived (the capital of Louisiana). According to tradition of the times, I was borned at home by a local Midwife and taken to Charity Hospital for a wellness check, my mother explained.