When I first asked Mother if I could write her life's story, she said no; but after giving the matter some thought, she came back and said "only if you can write it within the context of yours":
And impossible task, or at least so she thought.
Two years later, 2005, I presented her with the very first draft of Numerican Nation: A Self Portrait. While she wept uncontollably, she insisted upon receiving the first copy in front of her family and friends.
We must continue to celebrate excellence amongst us; not simply look to others for approval:
Jesse Lee Harris, of Camden S. C., is pictured here receiving the Life-time Achievement Award at the Harris Family Mini-Reunion held in Florida in 2001.