Twelve Youngstown women share their stories of racial discrimination

The book, "Phenomenal Women: Twelve Youngstown Stories," is a project of Lit Youngstown

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – There’s a new book out, telling the stories of 12 black women who lived in Youngstown through the 20th and into the 21st centuries.

About 75 people attended the release party Tuesday night at Youngstown’s First Presbyterian Church on Wick Avenue for “Phenomenal Women: Twelve Youngstown Stories.”

The 12 women involved range from age 64 to Louise Payne, who showed up Tuesday at 101.

Each woman had a different story to tell in the book, which is a project of Lit Youngstown.

“Discrimination has always been prevalent and present, so we just knew what it was,” Frances Carter said.

Carol Donnelly says there were difficult times.

“A lot of times I think you didn’t get what was due you, and I know in school sometimes where I should have gotten the recognition, somebody else got it.”

The Wean Foundation helped pay for part of the book, and for 100 copies to be distributed for free.

Hopefully the book will be in stores soon but as of now, it’s not in bookstores or on Amazon.

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