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Inland Empire Resident Pens Book on Growing Up in the South

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William Roosevelt Leggette is no stranger to overcoming obstacles. Having been declared legally blind, Leggette, an Inland Empire resident, recently released a book, “Big Mama’s Little Black Jesus.” A labor of love, the book tells of the many issues Leggette experienced while growing up as a Black person in the South during the 1930’s and 1940’s in the United States.

Not only were the conditions trying, but getting an education was bleak and almost impossible, not just due to the segregation, but from the internal conflicts among the families. Leggette wanted to leave a testimony for his childre n and grandchildren so they would know the things he experienced and how he was able to overcome and make a better life for his family.

He states: “I am currently on the downside of being a septagenarian, and unfortunately have lost my eyesight due to a disease called diabetic retinopathy. I am dependent on my wife and my sister to assist me in getting this book completed. I have been trying to get the book finished for the past fifteen years and I hope this book gives insight to not only my family, but to all that would care to read it.” Big Mama’s Little Black Jesus can be purchased at all major book stores

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