I dedicate this book to my beautiful mother, who was still fighting the good fight after the completion of this memoir, Mom, you lost that fight, but the presence of your indomitable spirit, love, and humor, will live in my heart forever. I know the trials and tribulations you endured both as a child and as a woman. This is because my entrance into this world, and the experiences of your life, were so akin, to and intertwined with yours. It created a very strong dynamic between the two of us, which throughout the years, often caused our relationship to be strained and contentious.
It took a long time for me to understand and accept the woman you were, only because it took me that long to understand and accept the woman I became, holding on to my fears for almost a lifetime. But it's not a cliche that it's the difficult times that makes us stronger and give us a clearer perception.
My perception of you in both our lives became quite clear, Mom. You loved me every secoind with every morsel of your being, and never wanted me to make the same mistakes you had. I finally recognize how hard you had to work in order to persevere and maintain your sense of dignity and grace through all your adversity. I have the deepest respect, admiration, and love for you Mother. You are and will always remain my champion.
In Memory of Lora Morgan May 22, 2014
You see, I was able to fool folks because I was such a good actress. Well, I mean, I am a good actress. I mean I do have an Emmy award., an Independent Spirit Award Award, a Chicago Film Critics Award, three NAACP Image Awards, and a host of award nominations that say so. And let me tell you, I had to pull out all the acting skills for this one...because for a very very long time I made my way through life wearing this mask...but I was living with so much insecurity, so much fear, and FEAR was huge. It felt like the first emotion I was born cognizant of. It enveloped the air I breathed. It spoke for me. It ruled me. and it had its way with me. ... it was the monkey on my back! Signed Debbi Morgan