The Courage to Rise Again – A Journey from Tears to Testimony:
An Exhibit, Book Talk And Book Signing By Artist Bertha Harris
In Honor of Black History Month 2014
Saturday, February 22 at 3pm
in the Bossier Parish Library Historical Center meeting room
2206 Beckett St., Bossier City, LA
(adjacent to Bossier Central Library)
Bertha Harris, in her 70’s, has been telling her North Louisiana life stories through painting for eight years after asking God to help her see her unique gifts. A year ago she found a way to put her paintings’ stories into words in her autobiography The Courage to Rise Again.
Bertha Harris was born in Homer, La. and grew up on her grandfather’s 250-acre farm in Claiborne Parish until her family moved to the 5,000-acre Beene Plantation in Bossier City. She picked cotton on the Beene Plantation until the age of 16 within the restrictions of tenant farming. She survived an abusive marriage, abuse on the job and the ordeal of going through the legal system when she sued the company for sexual discrimination. The Courage to Rise Again and her paintings document these struggles and her triumphs, both for her own healing and so that readers might be encouraged in surviving their struggles.