#AWW2019 Lesley Williams
- Author: Lesley and Tammy Williams
- Title: Not Just Black and White
- Published: 2015
- Genre: indigenous issues non-fiction
- Trivia: 2016 Queensland Premier’s Award work of State Significance
- Trivia 2014 David Unaipon Award Winner
- List of Challenges 2019
- Monthly plan
- This is a writing collaboration between
- mother (Lesley) and daughter (Tammy).
- Lesley Williams was forced to leave the
- Cherbourg Aboriginal Settlement
- …at a young age to work as a domestic servant.
- Lesley never saw her wages.
- They were kept ‘safe’ by the government.
- This book relates her nine-year journey for answers:
- …where is all that money she earned?
- Lesley confronts the government
- …in a judicial wrestling match!
- Mrs Williams describes her youth
- while giving the reader a clear mental image
- of the backdrop Cherbourg settlement.
- It was difficult to read about her life
- under cruel Protection Act that uprooted
- thousands of Aboriginal people.
- because of her strong character and vision
- she was able overcome many hardships.
- There were several messages in the book that
- resonated to me:
- Williams feels a strong sense of Aboriginal community. (safety network)
- Williams struggles to fight injustice (racial, financial)
- Williams reminds all people who suffer racism…
- Best quote:
- “There are two ways to fight racism:
- — fight with your fists
- — fight with your talents and achievements”
- Nothing hurts a racist more
- …when they see you achieving
- Good literature unnerves you…..
- …or takes you somewhere to consider things
- ….things that you might not have considered
- thinking about before.
- This book took me into the Cherbourg Settlement.
- It showed me the strength of family…
- that remained unbroken for Lesley Williams.
- It has only been in the last generations
- …that Aboriginal writers have been published.
- They now are able to tell their stories, their truths.
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