Arlene Ackerman

About the Author

Growing up in Brooklyn in the late 1960s, I remember segregation, redlining, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and the problems that were going on around me in America, I didn’t really understand why some people were poor, rich, or middle class. I grew up in a household of eight siblings besides myself. While I knew we were considered poor, I was also aware that there were others who were poorer than us. That didn’t matter because we had each other. And my parents made sure we wore clean clothes and we had a roof over our heads and healthy food on the table to eat.

Rainbow of life

About the Book

Frankie had spent most of his life struggling. Yet, Frankie always survived difficult situations. For instance, one of the ways he saved money was to act as a blind man on the N.Y.C. subway. However, he didn’t realize the world was turning blind to his struggles. Through the struggles, he discovered his talent for writing poems.

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