Advance Praise:

…readers will be touched not only by her story but by her daughter’s dedication in bringing it to light. How fortunate we are today to be able to read it, that it needn’t be hidden away for an occasional scholar to happen upon, but available to all. A vote of thanks to Dorothy for helping to create our new, more open and inclusive American future.

Author, How I Became Hettie Jones, New School Professor



What life teaches us is that we have the ability to continue to grow. Spring is a season but also a possibility as there is renewal. I Didn’t Know What I Didn’t Know shows us renewal at its finest, a wonderful insight.

Activist, Author, Racism 101, Distinguished Professor of English, Virginia Tech


Dorothy’s work models the healing our nation still has to do to fully embrace both our diversity AND the common humanity of us all.

Executive Director, VISIONS Inc.

If Blacks and Whites are going to work together to help our nation live out its democratic ideals they will need to move beyond the misunderstandings and denials about our racial differences and similarities. Dorothy Hampton Marcus invites us into the intimacy of her white family circle to allow us to observe what its like to grow up as a Southern girl and how she became one of the unsung heroines of the movement toward becoming a “’somewhat’ more perfect union.” For years I have said of her “she is a genuine, good white woman.” In this book we get to see what helped to make her such a remarkable “human rights activist.”


The Harry Emerson Fosdick Distinguished Professor , Union Theological Seminary
and Senior Pastor Emeritus of Riverside Church, New York, NY

Thank you Kaypri and Dorothy for sharing this story. For all of us waking up to what it means to be white today, it’s inspirational to learn that Dorothy’s waking up process had continued to be the cornerstone of her life, and what she seems to hold dear as her legacy. She was ahead of her time for sure!

Author, WAKING UP WHITE, Racial Justice Educator