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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
Those who have not experienced discrimination have hardly any idea of what it means. However, reading the stories of people who have faced it certainly helps to empathize with them. This is what happens to anyone who reads Autobiography of Dr. Velma Osborne: Reflects on African American History, written by Velma Osborne herself. Born in Harlem in 1946, Osborne did not grow up with a positive image of herself. In addition to being an African American girl when her people had yet to start the civil rights movement, Osborne also had a spinal problem that gradually prevented her from working. Due to these unfavorable conditions, Osborne had strived for a long time to find her way through life. Little by little, she reversed her condition, and how she did it is told in her book.
Autobiography of Dr. Velma Osborne is a short but uplifting journey into the author's life. Although Osborne started from unfavorable conditions, she made it. Her story is not only the account of an existence made difficult by discrimination and low self-esteem. It is the heartfelt account of a person determined to improve her situation and who succeeded. If the first part of Autobiography of Dr. Velma Osborne saddened me for what the author had to go through, in the second part I admired her for the example of resilience and determination she gives to us readers. For these reasons, I recommend Osborne's book to anyone who wants to enrich their life with illuminating examples of brave people.