Dorothy Hampton grew up as the youngest and unexpected child in a large (White) southern family in the time of Jim Crow and the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Her feelings of isolation pushed her to seek her place in the world and she fell into what would become her life’s work on doing work on the “inter-racial level”. This newfound commitment to “do something” about Racism took her on an unplanned journey where she witnessed several historical moments in history including the founding of a major Civil Rights organization, the Detroit Riots and major figures of the movement before they were household names. All the while she put off marriage and motherhood trying to learn more about the role Race played in her life.

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“What life teaches us is that we have the ability to continue to grow. Spring is a season but also a possibility as there is renewal. I Didn’t Know What I Didn’t Know shows us renewal at its finest, a wonderful insight.”
- NIKKI GIOVANNI, Activist. Author Racism 101, Distinguished Professor of English, Virginia Tech
“..readers will be touched not only by her story but by her daughter’s dedication in bringing it to light. How fortunate we are today to be able to read it, that it needn’t be hidden away for an occasional scholar to happen upon, but available to all. A vote of thanks to Dorothy for helping to create our new, more open and inclusive American future.”
- Hettie Jones Author How I Became Hettie Jones, New School Professor

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