in the anthology
All the Women in My Family Sing
"Editor Deborah Santana gathers an articulate, often moving collection of essays focused on cultural and gender identity, the meaning of home, work experiences, social justice, family and friendship, beauty, sexuality, illness, and journeys. Many of the contributors are Californians, either by birth or adoption, and reflect on their affinity for—or estrangement from—the communities in which they live, work, and raise their children. Among the recognizable names are actress America Ferrera, represented by an excerpt from her speech at the Women's March in Washington on Jan. 21, 2017; Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, who celebrates the "great heritage of strength, courage, faith and belief" demonstrated by social reformers; Emmy Award-winning newscaster Belva Davis, whose essay takes the form of a letter to her granddaughter, urging her "to move through life with no barriers"; and novelist Natalie Baszile, who writes of her connection to Louisiana, where her father grew up. Art historian Terezita Romo speaks to the need for "inclusive American art" in museums. "There are some moments in history," essayist Hope Wabuke asserts, when writers "have a responsibility to look. To bear witness." Impassioned writers bearing witness to survival, creativity, and hope."