"Rouse has rescued Lugenia Burns Hope from historical oblivion and placed her where she belongs in black women's history. Born in St. Louis, Hope, like her husband, John Hope, possessed unmistakable caucasian features. In 1898 she accompanied him to Atlanta, where she was destined to become a 'powerful Black' educator. . . . Rouse reminds readers of the sociopolitical forces that perpetually plagued Lugenia's world; the Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow, and a city torn by race riots. Notwithstanding, Lugenia was able to create for herself an identity that left an indelible mark."
"Rouse has given us not only an account of an inspiring life, but also an insightful view of black community life in the South, dating back to the beginning of the century."