Pieces from the Pastis unique in that it presents little known incidents, personal anecdotes and heroic behavior of several women of the Civil Rights Movement who helped change the political, social and racial landscape of the South in the 1960s.
The stories are written by the women who are able to write them or by friends and/or relatives who knew them intimately. Some are written by well-known authors and writers, and others by family members.
These women were dedicated to the cause of freedom and distinguished themselves through commitment and bravery. Their stories must be told and they must be remembered as leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.
The authors in this volume include Joanne Prichard Morris, Betty Pearson, Stanley Dearman, Constance Slaughter Harvey, Joan Mulholland, John C. Brittain, Lawrence Guyot, Rose Freeman Massey, Charles McLaurin, Regena Lynn Thomas, Barbara Devine Russell, Monica Land, Constance Curry, Gloria Dickerson, Kempton Horton, and Bill Minor.
”Joan Sadoff, in her book Pieces from the Past: Voices of Heroic Women in Civil Rights, gives voice to courageous black and white women whose determination, selflessness and sacrifices were instrumental in the success of the civil rights movement in the United States in the 1960s. These insightful experiences are a testament to the power of women during this significant time in our history. As a result of their achievements, women today will be inspired and motivated in continuing efforts to bring about needed social change.” – Ione D. Vargus, Ph.D., Former Dean, School of Social Work, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Joan Sadoff, M.Ed., MSW, is clinical social worker and lecturer, and has worked in hospital, family agency and community settings. Listed in Who's Who in Mental Health, she has lectured nationally and internationally on the Impact of Societal Change on the Family. Ms. Sadoff is the recipient of numerous awards for her work, has been recognized by Temple University in their "Gallery of Success" and was chosen Social Worker of the Year (2005) by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for the State of Pennsylvania. She is currently involved in the production of documentary films focusing on civil rights and the South, including the award-winning film, Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders. Pieces From the Past is her first publication.
Ms. Sadoff has served on numerous boards focusing on issues relating to social work, adult education and women and children. She is married to Dr. Robert Sadoff. They have 4 children and 10 grandchildren and reside in suburban Philadelphia.