The Science of Forgiveness: Background information when reading Three Girls from Bronzeville

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Three Girls from Bronzeville

A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood

by Dawn Turner

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Three Girls from Bronzeville by Dawn Turner
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    Sep 2021, 336 pages

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The Science of Forgiveness

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Could you forgive the person who murdered your beloved son?

Weeks after Debra Trice was convicted of the first-degree murder of Raymond Jones she received a letter. It was from Margaret Jones, Raymond's mother. Mrs. Jones wrote, "[Y]ou have my forgiveness. So, when you feel you cannot make it, look up and talk to God, Jehovah is his name. Don't think of not living. He will not give you more than you can bear." She ended the letter with, "Please don't do anything to hurt your mother and sister's heart. They love you very much. Show them you are strong, not for yourself, but for them."

Debra is the sassy, pretty girl in Dawn Turner's memoir Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood. She answered Mrs. Jones' letter with a promise: She was going to make something good come out of the tragedy. Over time, the two continued to write each other, and Raymond's mother always signed her letters with the closing "Love, Mrs. Jones."

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