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Thelma’s Stories: The Life Experiences of an Overcomer


Mrs. Thelma Coleman Alex, a native of Greensburg, Louisiana, was born on February 13, 1932 during the height of America’s Great Depression. She is one of eleven children born to Mrs. Pinkie Pitts Coleman and Mr. Felbert Coleman. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Southern University in Speech and Drama, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL) in Lafayette, Louisiana. On February 14, 1959, then Ms. Thelma Coleman married Rev. Livingston Alex, who together became parents to two daughters: Attorney Joslyn Renee Alex of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, and Professor Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh of Eugene, Oregon. Together, Mrs. Alex and her late husband, Alex, served the parishioners of Bethlehem Baptist Church, which was pastored by Rev. Alex for 39 years until he went to be with the Lord on November 11, 1998. Before then, Mrs. Alex and her husband built and operated a day-care center that, for almost 30 years, served hundreds of children in the St. Martin Parish area; the center also prepared the children for academic successes and good citizenship. Mrs. Thelma Coleman Alex loved to write, entertain family as well as friends, read and travel nationally and internationally. Apart from serving on local and national boards, she worked for almost three decades as a school teacher and librarian in the St. Martin Parish School System. This collection of stories is her first published book.

$15.00   Ι   ISBN: 978-1-943533-11-4   Ι   Published 2017 |   Pan-African University Press

Category: Product ID: 2021


Thelma’s Stories: The Life Experiences of an Overcomer recounts the many experiences that Mrs. Thelma Coleman Alex faced as she grew up a child of America’s Great Depression. They revisit the pain of being shuffled from house to house at the time, especially as her parents left home to find work to earn a living. As a young girl, she faced challenges of living in grinding poverty as well as experiencing humor, love and compassion even in the midst of frequent troubles. Collectively, the stories invariably give voice to experiences and thoughts of many from a time that is often not remembered by many in American history. Above all, these carefully woven and presented stories reflect God’s provision and protection, which shaped young Thelma Coleman’s life into a resilient, compassionate and educated woman, who loved the Lord with all her heart. As an octogenarian, Mrs. Thelma Coleman Alex, affectionately called Grandma Felma by her grandchildren, sees her three grandchildren – Kwadwo, Livingston and Livia – as the joys of her life, hence she happily dedicated the publication to the three of them


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