All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way
All the Colors We Will See Reflections on Barriers Brokenness and Finding Our Way Author:Patrice Gopo Patrice Gopo grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, the child of Jamaican immigrants who had little experience being black in America. From her white Sunday school classes as a child, to her early days of marriage in South Africa, to a new home in the American South with a husband from another land, Patrice’s life is a testament to the challenges a... more »nd beauty of the world we each live in, a world in which cultures overlap every day.
In All the Colors We Will See, Patrice seamlessly moves across borders of space and time to create vivid portraits of how the reality of being different affects her quest to belong. In this poetic and often courageous collection of essays, Patrice examines the complexities of identity in our turbulent yet hopeful time of intersecting heritages. As she digs beneath the layers of immigration questions and race relations, Patrice also turns her voice to themes such as marriage and divorce, the societal beauty standards we hold, and the intricacies of living out our faith.
With an eloquence born of pain and longing, Patrice’s reflections guide us as we consider our own journeys toward belonging, challenging us to wonder if the very differences dividing us might bring us together after all.
pt. 1: A starting place --
Heaven's boxes --
Earth's freckled sky --
pt. 2: Formation --
A theory of known elements --
Back then --
Caught in the year of O. J. Simpson and Huckleberry Finn --
Acts of cleaving --
A note to a college classmate --
Washing dishes in the family of God --
Becoming all of us --
Notes on the hair spectrum --
Tales of want --
Role model, or black girls may have dreamed of engineering because of women like me --