A Southern White woman forever changed... by the path she chose...

Dorothy Hampton grew up as the youngest and unexpected child in a large White southern family in the time of Jim Crow and the Great Depression of the 1930's. Her feelings of isolation pushed her to seek her place in the world and she fell into what would become her life's work on doing work on the "inter-racial level." This newfound commitment to "do something" about Racism took her on an unplanned journey where she witnessed several historical moments in history, including the founding of major Civil Rights organizations and the Detroit Riots, and observed major figures of the movement well before they were household names. All the while she put off marriage and motherhood trying to learn more about the role Race played in her life.

She eventually married at age 40 and moved to Teaneck, New Jersey, a racially diverse town outside of New York City. When a young 16 year old Black boy was shot by a White cop in the 1990's after years of racial profiling was ignored by higher ups, she once again used her experience to make a difference, becoming a major part of the Community Dialogues that were created in its wake. She continued to serve as a Race Relations consultant in the New York area as well as up and down the east coast well until her 70's. Although she had been behind the scenes from the 50's, this poignant and honest memoir proves that those that aren't on the front lines of a struggle often make the greatest contributions.

Due to her memory loss, her daughter Kaypri finished writing her story, presenting it to her as a surprise on her 80th birthday in 2012 and completing it in the Spring of 2014.