A Personal Pilgrimage

What does the American dream mean to you? Does it have deeper meanings for some people than for others depending on their ethnicity, race, and gender?

Janice S. Ellis, Ph.D., lived through the tumultuous times in America during the 1960s and 1970s and writes of this historic period in her book, “From Liberty to Magnolia: In Search of the American Dream.”

Growing up as a woman and a black, she always believed in and fought tirelessly for the women’s liberation movement and the civil rights movement as they sought and demanded equal access to all the rights and privileges that were taken for granted by other Americans in the economic, social, and political landscape of this country.

Here is an interesting and informative insight, also, into how an ordinary African-American woman was affected by the resulting Equal Rights Amendment and the Civil Rights Act and how those defining events entered into the lives of those millions of people who fought for and have continued to believe in America’s promises.

Follow Janice’s remarkable journey from a small cotton farm in Mississippi through academe, in government, in a large pharmaceutical company, as CEO and President of a marketing firm, and a non-profit bi-state child advocacy agency.

Her mission is to encourage others, especially aspiring women and minorities, how to navigate through the challenges that so often appear in one’s life and how to discover the needed inner strength, defy the sometimes overwhelming odds, pursue their goals to the loftiest degree, and how to use those challenges to end up triumphant at every major crossroads as they achieve the meaningful purposes and joys that their lives are meant to hold.

Janice Ellis holds a Ph.D. in Communication Arts, and Master of Arts degrees in Communications Arts and in Political Science, all earned at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.

You are also welcome to ontact Janice Ellis to learn more about her work as she writes about social issues affecting residents in Kansas City, Missouri, and throughout the nation. She has written a column online and for newspapers, business journals, trade publications, and radio for the past 30 years where she analyzes political, social, economic, and educational issues as they affect ethnicity, race, age, and socio-economic status.

Two of Janice’s magazines are still available online: USAonRace.com, an online educational magazine about ethnicity and race, and the companion site, RaceReport.com, which covers race relations events and news in the United States as well as around the world.

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