Where it all Began is a continuation of the story Summers to Remember. Brown-Avery takes her readers through history beginning with her great great grandfather, Charlie Jurallus Applewhite White, the beginning legacy of the White family. Her great great grandmother, Mary Kearney was the property owner of the White family farm, where Brown-Avery and her sisters resided those summers long ago. As her story unfolds, Brown-Avery, a native of Wilmington, North Carolina, depicts a time when racial prejudice and segregation of public schools were enforced during the early 1960s. Brown-Avery and her sisters attended segregated schools until the untimely death of one of the most historical figures in the world, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Avery’s parents resided in the ghetto in Wilmington, yet her parents were an upper middle class family. Avery’s mother, Anita White Brown, was a schoolteacher with the New Hanover County School System, while her stepfather, Harold Dennis Brown, was a fireman on the Wilmington Fire Department. Avery discusses what it was like to live through one of the most devastating nights in American History, the riot of the Wilmington Ten versus the white supremacist. Avery gives a vivid account of this night, as well as her first encounters with integration into an all white school. The book features more accounts of Annie the mule along with the fun the sisters had during those early years. Avery takes her readers on a journey in time to where it all began, and how these adventures has made her and the sisters, strong African-American women today.
Cheryl Brown-Avery was born on January 4, 1959, in Newark, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Anita W. Brown, of Kittrell, North Carolina, and the late Harry H. Brown, Jr., of Wilmington, North Carolina. Avery is the sister of Harriet Thomas and Angela Brown. She has one brother-in-law, Gregory Thomas, two nephews, Allan and Elliott Thomas. She is the mother of Cyndel Avery and grandmother of Matthew Alexander Avery. Avery attended Sacred Heart College, Belmont, North Carolina where she majored in Sociology and minored in Human Services. Avery furthered her educational endeavors by attending Louisburg College, Louisburg, North Carolina where she received honors of Dean’s List and Phi Theta Kappa. Avery’s goals are to continue writing books and poetry, and traveling abroad.