**** Practical Methods for Citizen Involvement                                Review by Rox Burkey

Author Shirley Harris-Slaughter is not only passionate about history, but she is involved in her community. This is a trait more people should emulate.

This1990 activity, created to help preserve a building filled with the history of Detroit at one of its high points, drove awareness.  Bringing life back to a build nearly forgotten as a bygone era reached success.

In 1995 the Ford family purchased this building. They plan to make it a symbol of Detroit’s progress and future success.

Though more snippets of the author’s family related to this building would personalize it, the facts are valuable on their own. The contents provided for the actual event, before the Ford family purchased the property, serves as a guide for citizens in other communities.  

Thank you, Shirley, for developing a relevant guide for people to preserve their rich local history. We should not forget our past or allow buildings to be abandoned and fall into disarray. People working together are mighty. 

About the Author

My name is Shirley Harris-Slaughter, and I’ve been a published author since 2007, although my life plans never included becoming a writer. I was urged to write when I realized things were going on around me, threatening my community’s survival, and yet it seemed no one was paying attention to the urgency of it all. I never dreamed that I would be the “chosen one” to take on the task. Still, I was, and so, after much research, sleepless nights, and being shunned by those who didn’t want me to tell this story, “OUR LADY OF VICTORY: THE SAGA OF AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY”  was born.  Something that started out as just a timeline of events to honor the pioneers of this West Eight Mile Community turned into a full-blown narrative history.

Like most Indie authors, I struggled to get even a little recognition in an already over-crowded field.  Then, I happened upon the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, where I served for a short while on the Governing Board. This club is all about supporting and helping authors.

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB is the brainchild of Founder & President-Author Nonnie Jules. She took the time to read my book and gave it an honest review. Since becoming a part of this incredible organization, I have been blessed with many opportunities that further profiled and brought recognition to my book. I have had such honors as being: the President’s Pick in the online Newsletter, a “WHO’S ON THE SHELF” Interview by Nonnie Jules, a #PUSHTUESDAY Winner, a week-long “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR BLOG TOUR,” Blogs and Trailer Block Parties, and I’ve held countless other seats, which are too great in number for me to list here.

Besides being an active reader and writer, I am also a community activist, and from time to time, I lend my name to petitions to stop something or another. I may even pick up the phone to call my elected Representatives if that’s what it takes to get something accomplished.

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