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"
- "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
- 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