Chocolates for Mary Julia

Black Woman Blazes Trails as a Career Diplomat

by Judith Mudd-Krijgelmans



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/30/2022

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 424
ISBN : 9781669813224
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 424
ISBN : 9781669813231
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 424
ISBN : 9781669813217

About the Book

Following of on bee coming-of-age story in Flowers for Brother Mudd,
as a US diplomat, her lively five-year old daughter at her side. Embarking on the life she's dreamed of, this former English major and Fulbright scholar who's just earned a Master's in international service from American University throws herself into living the globe-trotting life. What lies in store for this risk-taker who grew up during Jim Crow is what Chocolates for Mary Julia is about. After riding the stormy waves of the Civil Rights Movement and witnessing monumental legal changes for blacks, she entered the foreign service expecting to serve on behalf of an America that had finally assured the right to the pursuit of happiness for all, only to realize that there was much more to do. Nonetheless, she would not be robbed of a fulfilling career. As the velvety sweetness of her mother, Mary Julia's, dreams hoisted her on her way, she embarks on tours abroad, and in Washington, DC. Determined to succeed, she thrives on living in faraway places while overcoming high hurdles, making it a point to savor as much of the good life as she can. Doing work that makes a difference, on a level of excellence inspired by the Ursuline Sisters and historically black Morgan State University, often in the face of racial bias, she persists in having a full life: Never giving up on love, building family and effective work teams, seeing world sights—all while, paradoxically, proudly waving the flag for an ideal America yet to be realized.

About the Author

Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky's Smoketown, Judith Mudd-Krijgelmans served as a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Information Agency and the US Department of State. In a nearly 30-year career she publicly represented the USA in Delhi, Bombay, Dhaka, Taiwan, Hongkong, Brussels , Libreville, Bujumbura, Brazzaville, and Washington, DC. She oversaw eight French-speaking African public affairs posts, and led the first US Government civic education project in South Africa. Since settling back in Northern Virginia with her husband Belgian writer Claude Krijgelmans, she has taught memoir courses, while writing and speaking about her own fascinating life.