Welcome to Day 4 of  Shirley Harris-Slaughter’s “MOTHER’S DAY AND OTHER FAVORITE THINGS” Blog Tour! @sharrislaughter @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org #RRBC #4WillsPub.


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DAY 4 MOTHER’S DAY AND OTHER FAVORITE THINGS BLOG TOUR @sharrislaughter @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org #4WillsPub

TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2023


The Apple Doesn’t Fall Too Far From the Tree


By now many of you know me pretty well but for those who don’t my name is Shirley Harris-Slaughter and my twitter handle is @sharrislaughter.  I was born in the great state of Michigan and raised in the Charter Township of Royal Oak. I spent most of my time dreaming of the day when I could get out and start my life elsewhere. Then I discovered we were a historical community founded by a runaway slave on the “underground railroad.” I began to appreciate my roots. I discovered all this history way before ever thinking about writing.

My mother was a gifted poet and writer of children’s stories. She also was a great speaker. So, what in the world could I contribute to this family? My parents were activists in the community, and I watched them not realizing they were shaping me. I became a community activist and developed an appreciation for historical places and buildings which led me to try and save our local train station. I researched and wrote The Implementation of the Most Comprehensive Approach to Restoring the Michigan Central Depot. This brought lots of attention and publicity to this neglected historical site. I don’t know why it’s taking me so long to get a copyright but it’s on my to-do list.

All of this led me to try and capture the history of our Catholic Community. So, I wrote about my experience growing up in this environment. I titled the book, Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community. The title stuck although my intention was to change it. This book had been gathering steam in my head for a long time before I actually set down to write. Our history was gone because the church had merged, and the school was razed after sitting empty for years and becoming an eyesore.

I was invited to speak about this to the Fred Hart Williams Geneological Society affiliated with the Detroit Public Library’s Burton Historical Collections. Mark Bowden tagged the genre a Narrative History. You see, geneology is normally written in a timeline order. I was surprised that they found me and asked me to speak before their group. They never had history told in narrative format before and certainly not this topic. I presented a powerpoint presentation. I was paid a speaker’s fee and was able to autograph and sell books after the presentation. It was a humbling experience. The attention and respect they lavished on me … just like a celebrity!

And now the church that I had known most of my life is closing its physical doors and moving over to a little chapel inside our sister parish, St. Scholastica. We get to keep the deacon and our weekly priest. We get to retain our name.  I guess that’s supposed to make us happy. This was a wealthy parish mind you. Over the years enrollment started dwindling with the closing of the school and people passing away. Despite that we still managed to reach our fundraising goal of approximately $150,000.00, in 2013 but it wasn’t enough. The Archdiocese of Detroit has a lousy policy that’s not conducive to nurturing and growing our little community. With a different set of rules, we could have stayed open and thrived. You must own something in order to do that. Catholics don’t own their churches. And so, in my opinion, this will continue to happen.

The merged Presentation-Our Lady of Victory is closing its physical doors on February 22, 2014. It is another experiment I’m afraid. The first experiment came when they merged Our Lady of Victory with Presentation Church. It didn’t go very smoothly. It was a sad turn of events. 

The saga will go on and on. I appreciate being able to share this story with you.  I hope you get as much out of this book as I got out of researching and writing it. It has been quite a journey and the knowledge acquired while doing this very worthwhile project is priceless. You can get the complete story from the book. The history is who I am.

I am my mother’s daughter!

Please leave a comment below and don’t forget to visit the other blog tours. Thank you so much for stopping by today.


Mama could tell a joke. Next thing you know, you are rolling on the floor from one of them. She loved to play the lottery and religiously purchased tickets every chance she got. If you fail to buy her tickets when she asks you, she will tell you that was the winning number … “If you had done what I asked, I would have won.” It was classic!

She was just as passionate about her faith and could quote passages from the bible all day long, which she did. She was a good mother and made huge sacrifices for her children.

She was the woman who wanted to be an actress but never got the chance. She was the woman who worked at a naval air base in Alameda County, California, screwing rivets in wings of airplanes. They were called “Rosie the Riveter” during World War II.

She was the constant in our lives.

This is how I remember my mama!


Shirley Harris-Slaughter is the author of Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community which was written to address a need to preserve Catholic history in her local community. She mentored four freshman girls at the local middle school in the Winning Futures Mentor Program. She is active in her church and Rave Reviews Book Club a virtual book club community where she has added another biography and fiction to her repertoire. She is married to Langston and is a Michigan Native.

And now, Slaughter has written a memoir about her mother, Joyce Winifred Harris-Burkes: How I Remember My Mama. It talks about memories regarding her life, and her works. The theme is about how the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. Slaughter is an activist just like her mother.


Twitter:  @sharrislaughter

Facebook:  Shirley Slaughter

Amazon Author Central Page


Shirley Harris-Slaughter

Remember Our Lady of Victory


Joyce Winifred Harris-Burkes: HOW I REMEMBER MY MAMA

Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community 

Ronald L. Powell: Missing in Action

Crazy! Hot! And Living On The Edge!! 

Newspaper Chronicles

A CITIZEN’S GROUP IN ACTION: Saving a Train Station

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13 thoughts on “Welcome to Day 4 of  Shirley Harris-Slaughter’s “MOTHER’S DAY AND OTHER FAVORITE THINGS” Blog Tour! @sharrislaughter @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org #RRBC #4WillsPub.

  1. Linda Mims May 16, 2023 / 7:19 pm

    Shirley, your history as a writer is amazing, and this particular book is a loving tribute to your mother. You couldn’t have chosen a better week to make it happen! Thanks for hosting Shirley, Susanne!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter May 17, 2023 / 1:59 pm

      Hi Linda. I’m so good to see you. Yes, I’ve been scrambling working on the paperback version. It’s being approved now.

      Thank you so much for your support.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. pdoggbiker May 16, 2023 / 1:09 pm

    Shirley, this was a great story. I didn’t know that Royal Oak was founded by a slave. As for your work on the train station, you should consider adding on to the book the final outcome today as it was purchased by Ford Motor and resurected in all its beauty…You can take ownership of this. Thank you, too, Susanne, for hosting Shirley. Enjoy your tour, Shirley.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter May 16, 2023 / 5:04 pm

      John, yes that little community has a history. I got the pamphlet somewhere that gives a little history about the township. I changed my blurb to indicate that the train was bought by Ford in the short story I wrote “A Citizen’s Group in Action”. I haven’t been sure how to take ownership but you’re right, I should claim it.

      Thanks John, for adding to this great conversation.


  3. Patty Perrin May 16, 2023 / 11:02 am

    Thanks for hosting Shirley today, Susanne! Shirley, I admire your passion for the causes you believe in, and that you take action, as you did in the mentorship program, in addressing the genealogical society, and in working to save the train station, not to mention in writing your books. I wish I could have met your mother.


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    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter May 16, 2023 / 5:09 pm

      Patty you would have loved my mother. She was adopted by a woman whose name also was Joyce. She was wealthy and lived in the suburbs. She just loved our mother and showered us with so much help. We had a rich godmother who financed our schooling. Mama just had a way with people.

      Thank you for adding to the conversation. It’s wonderful!

      Liked by 1 person

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