DÉJÀ VU! Spotlight Author Shirley Harris-Slaughter

Today I am honored to host Shirley Harris-Slaughter, author of Our Lady of Victory: The Saga of an African-American Catholic Community. She is a fellow member of the Rave Reviews Book Club and a wonderful and supportive member of the Rave Reviews Book Club Twitter community.


Shirley Harris-Slaughter is a Michigan native. She was baptized into the Catholic faith with her family as a child and attended Our Lady of Victory School.  Shirley lived the history growing up in this West Eight Mile Community and is uniquely qualified to write about it. She watched helplessly as her parish lost its history and identity. Her love of history has propelled her to write about Our Lady of Victory, and correct its omission from the pages of history.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Cleary University in Howell, Michigan. She is married to Langston and lives in Oak Park.

Shirley is now a proud member of the Rave Reviews Book Club!

Author (2)

As I started digging more into the records I was delighted to discover things these pioneers did that were truly groundbreaking. To learn that my best friend in high school had a parent who was blazing trails was a bit too much for me to comprehend. Gwen Keith invited me to her home to meet her parents. I would not have dreamed that I would be writing about them one day after uncovering the fact that her father, Luther Keith, was a real estate agent who looked for property for the Catholic Church’s plant expansions in the Detroit area. I always talk about this when I am doing speeches. “That we are where we are supposed to be at any given time in this life.” I believe you were meant to be wherever you are. And how about feeling like you are doing something you know you did before but can’t recall exactly how or when? I think you experience these weird feelings mostly as a child. When you get older it doesn’t come as often if at all. I think we are the closest we’ll ever be to God when we are children.

That’s déjà vu! Sometimes God is talking to us during these moments of awareness as well as uncertainty.



And the saga continues….

Slaughter CoverImage

Book Excerpt

Gwen and I became lifelong friends without my ever knowing of her

father’s contributions to the city of Detroit and Our Lady of Victory. It is not

that she was trying to keep it from me, or anyone for that matter, but her

brother Luther explains it this way. “We just took our father’s contributions

for granted, not realizing he was making history.” Their parents were people

who entertained religious and political leaders in their home.


This is exactly what happened in my own family with our mother. We children

took her gifts for granted, not realizing until it was pointed out by friends

what a talented individual she was. This goes back to what I said initially, that

we do not know our history, and we don’t always know when we are living it

until someone writes about it.


Gwen and I just naturally gravitated to one another when I started my

freshman year at St. Agnes High School (renamed Martyrs of the Uganda and

now closed). I was so shy, and she made me feel welcome that very first day.

She was so nice, and we became instant friends. I don’t know why I chose this

school; I didn’t do any research, and I didn’t discuss it with any teacher or my

friends. I chose it from several options that were presented to me. When I

found out it was an all-girls school, I asked my mother if I could go to Mumford

High School, a public school in Detroit. She said, “No!” So fate brought

me to St. Agnes and into the lives of the Keith family. I am a firm believer

that we are where we are supposed to be at any given time in this life.

Question:  What are your thoughts on being in a place and thinking that you were meant to be there or you felt like you played out that scene before?

Book title: Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community.

RRBC Seal of Excellence

Genre: Biography; Narrative History

You can support Shirley by buying her book at Amazon.com and supporting her on social media. You can find Shirley at the following websites:



Twitter Handle: @sharrislaughter

Facebook:      https://www.facebook.com/sharrislaughter3

Email:   sharrislaughter@gmail.com

Website: http://shirleyslaughterblog.wordpress.com/



To celebrate being the “SPOTLIGHT” Author for Rave Reviews Book Club, I am giving away an AUTOGRAPHED, LIMITED EDITION HARDCOVER COPY of “OUR LADY OF VICTORY: THE SAGA OF AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY.” All you need to do is visit my blog and leave a comment on ANY of my posts. The more you comment, the more chances you have to win! (Only 1 comment allowed per day.) The person who leaves the most comments on my blog during my two weeks as “SPOTLIGHT” Author is the winner! It’s that simple! Restricted to US residents only. Thank you again for the support and GOOD LUCK!!




Tags: , , , ,

About jsherwin2013

Jennie has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in counseling. She is the author of Intentional Healing: One Woman’s Path to Higher Consciousness and Freedom from Environmental and Other Chronic Illnesses and is a contributing writer to Conscious Life News. She has been a teacher of English on the junior high school and senior high school levels, as well as a writer and editor in the field of public health. She has mentored writers and editors. She is certified in Reiki I and II and has studied energy therapies at A Healing Place in Richardson, Texas, working under the direction of Deborah Singleton and her healing team. Jennie also acknowledges the guidance of Christine Gregg, Australian spirit reader and healer, and Maya Page, intuitive healer, Reiki Master, and VortexHealing® practitioner, now retired. Jennie lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband, Roger, a retired physician and epidemiologist. They provide editorial services to university researchers in the fields of medicine and public health. Her son, Colin, lives and works in New York City with his wife, Colleen.

10 responses to “DÉJÀ VU! Spotlight Author Shirley Harris-Slaughter”

  1. johnapriest says :

    Thanks Jennie for being a great host to Shirley;-)

  2. Bette A. Stevens says :

    Congrats on your SPOTLIGHT, Shirley! 🙂 Shared your post, Jen.

  3. Shirley L. Slaughter says :

    Hi everybody, Hi Jennie. Thank you so much for hosting me and I appreciate you John and Bette for visiting today. I hope you all can relate to what I’m talking about.

  4. dalefurse says :

    Hi, Jennie. That was interesting, Shirley. Your friend must be proud of her parents

    • Shirley L. Slaughter says :

      Hi Dale. Oh she and her siblings are very proud . Her brother who was asst. editor of the Detroit News wrote a tribute to their father.The rest of their story is told as well. I didn’t know when I did this research that I would find information about him. Its amazing what you can discover.

  5. Kathryn Chastain Treat says :

    Jennie, thank you for hosting my dear friend Shirley on her Rave Reviews Book Club “Spotlight” Author Blog Tour. Shirley, I learned so much history about your community from reading this well written book.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: