Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, the Great Migration North is the seventeenth book in the Dear America series. The book was written by Patricia C. McKissack and published in April 2000. It was adapted into a television film in 2000.


"To Maya Cantrell on the occasion of her first communion 1999"

Book description

"January 2, 1919
Some people are so color struck. They think being light-skinned is better than being dark! Mama says that's nonsense and I think so, too. I love it when Mama tells about her grandmother, Lizzie Palmer. She was a slave. After the war, because she was so light-skinned many people thought she was white. But when people asked Lizzie Palmer if she was white, she'd always answer, "No, color me dark." Daddy won't stand for color talk, either. He says a Colored family is like a beautiful bouquet of flowers—all different colors, sizes, and shapes. But each one beautiful in his or her own way. We only need to look at Daddy's side of the family to see that he's telling us the truth. The Love family is just like the bouquet Daddy described.



Main article: List of Color Me Dark characters



Color Me Dark on VHS

Main article: Dear America: Color Me Dark

Color Me Dark was adapted into a short television film in 1999. The film was produced by Scholastic Entertainment and aired on HBO. It was released on video cassette the same year. Makyla Smith starred in the film as Nellie.


Main article: Patricia C. McKissack

Patricia C. McKissack (August 9, 1944 – April 7, 2017) was an American children's writer. She wrote three books in the Dear America series, including Look to the Hills and A Picture of Freedom. McKissack also contributed Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba to The Royal Diaries.


  • Indian Paintbrush Book Award (2002) - nominated[2]


See also

v - e - dDear America

A Journey to the New World | The Winter of Red Snow | When Will This Cruel War Be Over? | A Picture of Freedom
Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie | So Far from Home | I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly
West to a Land of Plenty | Dreams in the Golden Country | Standing in the Light | Voyage on the Great Titanic
A Line in the Sand | My Heart Is on the Ground | The Great Railroad Race | The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow
A Light in the Storm | Color Me Dark | A Coal Miner's Bride | My Secret War | One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping
Valley of the Moon | Seeds of Hope | Early Sunday Morning | My Face to the Wind | Christmas After All
A Time for Courage | Where Have All the Flowers Gone? | Mirror, Mirror on the Wall | Survival in the Storm
When Christmas Comes Again | Land of the Buffalo Bones | Love Thy Neighbor | All the Stars in the Sky
Look to the Hills | I Walk in Dread | Hear My Sorrow


The Fences Between Us | Like the Willow Tree | Cannons at Dawn | With the Might of Angels | Behind the Masks
Down the Rabbit Hole | A City Tossed and Broken

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