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The Color of Water

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Katie Pendergast

on 7 May 2013

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By Katie, MaryClaire, Alyssa, and Annalise The Color of Water The Book in a nutschell Charecters and Timeline Historical Background Harlem Renaissance The story Comes to life Main Characters Plot Theme Ruth McBride Jordan Andrew Dennis McBride James McBride Hunter Jordan This is a memoir written by James McBride about the lives of him and his mother. It starts with his mother growing up and her struggles with family life, spiritualiy, and marring a black man. It also goes through James' struggles about who he is and how he wants to live his life. It follows both as they rebel and learn from mistakes. There are many themes of "The Color of Water". One can be that family comes in all shapes and sizes, and they will always be there for you when you need help. Another theme is that your race does not define you, and love is stronger than discrimination. The last theme is if you perservere through your troubles. Ruth's Life Found Poem James' Life The End!!! James is the Writer of the story and the narrator for half of it. He was the eigth child and Andrew McBride was his father. Through his life he faced many struggles with who he is and there were many points in his life where the odds were against him and he must perservere and never give up. James is a very talented writer and musician who attended New York Public Schools and Oberlin University and Columbia University. He is still alive today and has written many books, playrights, and has toured with his music. Ruth McBride is the mother of James and the other narrator of the story. Came to America from Poland as a young girl and moved to Virginia with her Orthodox- Jewish family. As a child she faced many of the same racial discrimination as James, because she was an orthodox Jew. She also overcame this discrimination to marry someone of another group of people being discriminated against at that time. She had two black husbands and twelve children, all of whom have been successful. Throughout the story and her life, Ruth is tested and overcomes all types of adversity, She finds Jesus in her own way and impacted so many lives. She died in 2010 at the age of 88. Andrew McBride was Ruth McBride's first husband. She met him while she was in New York. Andrew McBride was the father of children 1-8 and he was the one who introduced Ruth to the "New Way of Jesus". After he married Ruth, he became a Baptist Minister and started the New Brown Memorial Baptist Church. He bought the house that James grew up in and, like Ruth was very intent on making sure Jesus and education was most important in the kid's lives. He died of cancer on April 5, 1957 Hunter Jordan met Ruth at church a few months after he first husband died. He was also intent on education and Jesus. Hunter was the father of children 9-12. He lived apart from the family but came to see them on the weekends. Hunter Jordan was considered the father of all of the children and showed no difference to the ones that he is not genetically related to. He died around 1970 of a stroke. 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 1921- Ruth is born in Poland
1923- Her family arrives with her in Suffolk, VA
1924- Ruth's family travels through the US with Tateh working as a rabbi staying in a place only one year
1929- settled back into Suffolk Virginia
1929- Ruth's father starts a grocery store in Suffolk The family grocery store thrives, but Tateh sells the black people short
The great depression starts
1934- Sam (Ruth's brother) runs away to Chicago (is later killed in WWI)
1936- Ruth is pregnant with Peter's child while living at home- later aborts the child
1936- Ruth enrolls in Girl's Commercial High School
1939- Ruth begins to work for "Rocky" 1941- Ruth leaves VA for NYC
Dennis and Ruth begin to go out (during this time it was not the common or proper thing to do)
Ruth comes back to Suffolk to help and she finds out that Tateh is having an affair
1941- Babeh dies and Ruth leaves Suffolk
1942- Mameh dies, Ruth and Dennis live in Port Royal, Ruth immerses herself in the Black Cluture and converts to Christinaity
1943- Ruth and Dennis get married and start having kids James is probably in grades K-4
1950- Ruth, Dennis, and 4 kids move to the Red Hook Housing Projects
1953- Dennis becomes a pastor
April 5, 1957- Dennis McBride dies of cancer
1957- James is born 1966- James is 9, "Black Power Movement is starting
James and his sibilings are instructed by Mother not to give out any personal information
Helen returns home
1967- The sibilings begin to have secret confrences in the house talking about the movement, they also begin to "check out" of school and focus more on music and equal rights than education
Ruth marries Hunter Jordan a few months after her first husband dies 1971- Hunter Jordan dies of a stroke (James is 14)
James drops out of high school, robs people/ cars joins a band, somkes drugs
1973- James turns it around, and goes back to high school
1974- The family moves to Deleware and James picks up trombone & tenor sax
1975- James leaves for Oberlin College 1980- James gets his masters degree in Journalism from Columbia Unniversity
1982- James is living in Boston working for "The Boston Globe"
1982-James goes to Suffolk, VA to find out about his mothers past life The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural movement that spanned the 1920s. At the time, it was known as the "New Negro Movement", named after the 1925 anthology by Alain Locke. Though it was centered in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, many French-speaking black writers from African and Caribbean colonies who lived in Paris were also influenced by the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance is unofficially recognized to have spanned from about 1919 until the early or mid-1930s. Many of its ideas lived on much longer. The zenith of this "flowering of Negro literature", as James Weldon Johnson preferred to call the Harlem Renaissance, was placed between 1924 (the year that Opportunity: A Journal of Negro Life hosted a party for black writers where many white publishers were in attendance) and 1929 (the year of the stock market crash and the beginning of the Great Depression). Malcom X Langston Hughes James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. Malcolm X was an African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist. To his admirers, he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans. Detractors accused him of preaching racism, black supremacy, and violence. He has been called one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history This is James McBride talking a little bit about "The Color of Water." He elaborates on his education, his life growing up, and his mother. He talks about how he was inspired to write this book too. 1992- James goes back to Suffolk to find out more about his mothers life
1994- 14th Anniversary of the New Brown Memoral Baptist Church These are some recent pictures of James. As I watched the first glimmers of sunlight peek over the horizon
Rising up to greet me with a handshake
My own humanity was awakened
The new pain and awareness were born inside me
Suddenely rose up in my blood and wasted over me in waves
A penetrating lovliness covered me
The uncertinaty that lived inside me begin to dissapate
I had no tears to shed
There's such a big difference between being dead and alive
The greatest gift that anyone can give anyone else is life
The greatest sin that someone can do is take away that life
All the rules and religions in the world are secondary
Mere thoughts and beliefs that people choose to believe and kill and hate by
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