After reading Dancing on Black Ice”, Glenda Meeham from Burnsville , Minnesota said: "I received my book and actually had it autographed by the author!  I've finished reading it and am now looking forward to the sequel."

Elvira (pronounced Elvera) is the daughter of southern Baptist parents who moved from the Mississippi cotton belt to a middle-class neighborhood in North Minneapolis after World War II. Elvira describes herself as a person in constant struggle for acceptance by her family, peers and others who made up the community this African American family migrated to. Teen parenting, domestic violence, religion, discrimination and cultural confusion are major topics shared with the reader. Elvira asked the question of whether it is more painful to be the recipient of sick humor by other people who were of her race or by the dominate population that represented a large Jewish community. Despite the serious subjects and experiences Ms. Barnes sees as her young life story, "Dancing on Black Ice" is filled with as much humor as conflict. The setting is in the early 1950s to late 1960s. 


About the Author
Elvira Barnes was born after World War II to Abb Leon and Adeline Barnes. She was the youngest of 4 children and the only one born in Minnesota. Ms. Barnes is an activist for women and has sought to make changes in laws that disproportionately effect the African American community in negative ways. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Ms. Barnes worked for more than a decade as a liaison to the governor's office, Assistant Director for the State Council on Black Minnesotans, was a foster parent for a number of years and headed programs addressing the unmet needs of teen parents and residents dealing with chemical health issues. Although Dancing on Black Ice addresses negative aspects of her early life such as obesity, abuse, neglect and domestic violence, Elvira would be the first to say that she is not a victim. Ms. Barnes believes that there is a reason for everything and that God allowed her path to follow its direction so that she could be a resource to those facing similar struggles.

 

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