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Cotton Field Of Dreams, Janis F. Kearney, 0976205807
Cotton Field Of Dreams
A Memoir
Author: Janis F. Kearney
Foreword By William Jefferson Clinton

Publisher: Writing Our World Press
Format: Hardcover, 341 pages
Pub Date: January 2005
ISBN: 0976205807
List Price: $22.95
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Cotton Field of Dreams, a lesson in southern and women's history, paints a vivid picture of roles played out by the women, children and family in the Arkansas delta. It is about the hard lessons children of cotton sharecroppers learned from under-educated but wise parents whose greatest gift was their children's permission to dream. This story memorializes James and Ethel Kearney who taught their 17 children that nothing was too far out of reach if they put their minds and hearts into it. Their story is about the miracle of the south, and the limitless vision, the unflinching faith, and daring dreams of a poor, black family on Varner Road, Arkansas.

Cotton Field of Dreams speaks of a black and white community in awe of the dirt poor sharecroppers with their "air of people with something;" and, how these parents-with hardly a "pot to piss in,"-kept their children out of school months during harvest season, yet inspired in them a deep love of learning, and unwavering faith in a brighter tomorrow. It was such inspiration that resulted in 16 Kearney children entering and graduating from such colleges as-Harvard law school, Stanford law school, Yale law school, Brown University and other fine schools around the country. Finally, Cotton Field of Dreams is about the miracles hidden just beyond what one could see in America's pre-civil rights south; miracles awaiting dreamers like James and Ethel Kearney to make the impossible, reality.

Janis F. Kerney was born in Gould, Arkansas 72 miles south of Little Rock, Arkansas. She graduated from Gould High School in 1971; and from the University of Arkansas, in Fayetteville, with a BA in Journalism, in 1976. In 1980, she began work on a Masters of Public Administration at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.
From 1978-1987, She worked for Arkansas State Government - three years as a Program Manager for the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) Program; and, six years as Director of Information for the national headquarters of the Migrant Student Records Transfer System (MSRTS) in Little Rock.
In 1987, she purchased the Arkansas State Press Newspaper from the renown civil rights activist Daisy Bates, and published the statewide weekly newspaper for five years. During that time, she also served as a board director for National Newspaper Publishers Association. She served as Director of Minority Media Outreach for the Clinton-Gore Presidential Campaign headquarters in 1992, and in 1993 joined the Clinton Administration in Washington, D.C.
Kearney served briefly in the White House Media Affairs Office, before being appointed by President Clinton as Director of Public Affairs and Communications for the U.S. Small Business Administration. She served in that role from 1993-1995.
From 1995-2001, she served as President Clinton's Personal Diarist, a job that entailed chronicling the Clinton presidency on a day to day basis-the first time in history a President had made such an appointment. She continued in that role, in former President Clinton's transition office through June, 2001. In July, she moved to Chicago to join her husband, Bob Nash-President Clinton's former Director of Presidential Personnel, and now Vice Chair for ShoreBank Corporation.
Janis began a fellowship at Harvard's W.E.B. DuBois Institute in September, 2001. The DuBois Fellowship includes researching and writing Conversations: William Jefferson Clinton from Hope to Harlem, an oral history of former President Clinton's race legacy.
In 2003, she was appointed Chancellor's Lecturer at Chicago City Colleges, and was awarded the PUSH for Excellence Award for outstanding contributions in the area of communications.
William Jefferson Clinton is the former President of the United States.





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