A Journey Upward

A Journey Upward
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Dr. Mary Irene Jackson-Williams

A Journey Upward recounts the progress of one family from slavery to the mid-1900s. Originally stolen from his family in Guinea, Ishama was soon kidnapped by Native Americans. Although still a slave, he enjoyed special status in the tribe due to his resemblance to the chief’s son. Ishama and his family endured the forced immigration to the Oklahoma Indian Territory.

A fictionalized biography, Dr. Jackson-Williams traces her family’s progress from that fateful day in Guinea. With humor and with great honesty, she describes the troubles, joys, and sorrows of being African-American in middle America.


Dr. Mary Irene Jackson-Williams was born in Hugo, Oklahoma, the daughter of Primer and Hylar ("Tootsie") Jackson. Inspired by her father’s stories and curious about property deeds from Chickasaw/Choctaw tribes found when her grandmother died, Dr. Jackson-Williams researched her family’s past and chronicles her ancestors’ lives in this fictionalized biography.

Dr. Jackson-Williams holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration and is a professor at the Community College of Southern Nevada. She enjoys playing the piano, studying foreign languages, exercising, and spending time with her daughter Monica Ariane.

(2004, paperback, 200 pages)

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