Through These Eyes author Athelene King (center) with her older sister Wanda “Pixie” (left) and twin sister Angelene as children. Photo courtesy of Athelene King.
A walk down Memory Lane in El Dorado, Arkansas and on the streets of San Francisco are what you’ll find on the pages of “Through These Eyes.” It was a time of great change when the infamous Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball and the Little Rock Nine integrated the first high school in Little Rock.
Written by Athelene King, the book offers a family memoir about the inner workings of the King family household filled with love and support led by King’s mother, Esther Dawson King. “I really wanted to revisit my mother’s life story and provide a personal account of how she became highly successful against all odds raising three daughters,” she said.
Dawson’s mother, in spite of divorcing her father, went on to become an entrepreneur and owner of four properties in the Bay Area. King recalls how the family vacation to San Francisco was, in fact, an act of divorce. King also shares how her mother’s commitment to excellence while working three jobs at a time enabled the family to move from the projects into a home.
“I hope when people read my family story they will come away with renewed faith that God provides daily miracles in all our lives if we accept and acknowledge all glory is unto him,” said King.
King also shares how she and her two sisters all pursued home care careers for the severely disabled and followed in their mother’s footsteps.
Born in the segregated South in El Dorado, Arkansas, Athelene King’s education was briefly suspended due to the 1930s Great Depression, however, she obtained a high school diploma and later completed nursing school and cosmetology school.
“I recognize now that it was family meetings at our kitchen table both in El Dorado and San Francisco that our parents used to introduce us to our faith in God and the value of working hard to achieve our goals.”
The author also honors the memory of her own daughter, Olivia Melan Graham (Libby), whose untimely death nearly destroyed her. “Never ever, is any child supposed to die in the very prime of their life,” the author writes. Yet, the tragedy brought the family together.
Togetherness and family ties stream throughout the 127-page-read and a dozen family photos.
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