Nationwide — In addition to Women’s History Month this year, 2015 marks 150 years since the end of chattel slavery in America, and 100 years since the death of Booker T. Washington – former slave turned famous educator, and founder of Tuskegee University.
“Every time someone tells me that my story of falling and failing, and rising and achieving, empowered them to rise, achieve, and heal, that’s when I know that I am not living in vain,” Rush says.
Rising Up From the Blood is an incredible tell-all, true story, that sheds light on how one remarkable woman, the last born of the great-grandchildren of Booker T. Washington, experienced growing up near poverty, and “at-risk” in Oakland, California. Yet, she was able to rise above her circumstances—but not until she learned how her great-grandfather was able to rise above slavery to become the most influential Black leader of his time.
The courage of his mother, Jane, who was born a slave, and the earnestness of Sarah’s mother, Agnes Louise Washington, reinforce the lessons woven throughout this book. Now, armed with wisdom and personal experience, this author, speaker, and educator, continues on a mission to empower others to rise up from their blood, tell their own story, and reclaim their own legacy.
The book was written with Yvonne Rose, and has a forward by Tony Rose, NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literature, and publisher of Amber Books.
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” — Booker T. Washington