“Two voices blend in this poignant memoir from the civil rights era in Mississippi – a father’s and a daughter’s.

            "He was Andrew L. Jordan, a son in a dirt-poor family of sharecroppers near Greenwood.  Jordana Shakoor is his little girl who grew up to write this book. In her southern childhood she is just becoming aware of her people’s dreadful predicament of loving their homeland but of hating its mistreatment of blacks. Like virtually all southern black families, the Jordans endured humiliation and fear of white reprisals.

"The voices in this book tell a story whose theme is familiar to legions of African Americans. Yet its particular voices, until now, have gone unheard. Though this is told by a child born in the segregated South, it also is the story of her family's  triumph over a dark heritage, a story of a Civil Rights Childhood that casts away a centuries-old tradition of insult and denial to embrace instead a civil rights heritage of freedom and love.”

 ( jacket of Civil Rights Childhood, University Press of Mississippi)




Jordana Y. Shakoor is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Civil Rights Childhood.  The American Library Association and the Association of University Presses selected it as 1 of 40, "Best of The Best" in 2000.  Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, and 'Dear Abby' also endorsed the book. The paperback version of Civil Rights Childhood was released in May 2006.  Civil Rights Childhood is used as a course book in several school districts and universities.  Book talks/signings and diversity seminars have been presented in a variety of settings around the country. Shakoor is president of JYS Consultants, PosiPower Concepts, Inc., a 21 year-old educational and consulting firm located in Westerville, Ohio.

This electrifying 1-3 hour presentation features selected music from the era.



  • “Civil Rights Childhood,” University Press of Mississippi, Author, Jordana Y. Shakoor, an award winning book was selected as a course book for the The Ohio State University, Dayton University, Ohio University, Florida University, Iowa University, Richland University, North Carolina, and other colleges, universities, and high schools around the United States and abroad. 
  • Featured by Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, ‘Dear Abby,'  The Columbus Dispatch, New York Times, and many other publications throughout the USA and abroad
  • C-SPA -  Southerner in The Civil Right Movement: Author: Jordana Shakoor is on the panel.  
  • Featured on CNN-Book TV
  • Featured on WBNS News Channel-10, Columbus, Ohio
  • Featured guest on several radio stations throughout the country including WOSU, Ohio State University
  • Civil Rights Childhood has been featured in several newspapers throughout Ohio, Chicago, Illinois, Louisville Kentucky Nashville Tennessee, New York City, Mississippi, Phoenix Arizona etc.... 

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