Strength of My Grandmother

Lisa Billy

From state meetings to picking cotton, work has always been a family affair for the Billys — especially for the strong matriarchs that helped raise her. Now, Lisa Billy is keeping the stories of these matriarchs alive by sharing them with her children.


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