The Autobiography of Lynn Markovich Bryant


Lynn was born of white parents, one of four brothers and sisters. After the death of her biological father, her mother married a Black man who already had six children. Their marriage produced four children. So Lynn grew up within a family of many colors and racial origins. This was very unusual in the traditional culture of South Carolina.

While growing up, she was not accepted by many in the white community because of her multi-racial family. In fact, she experienced much of the same discrimination as suffered by Blacks in SC during the sixties and seventies. She learned to love the Black community that accepted her, and she took their culture as her own. In time, she learned to be proud of her 'Blackness.' Unlike John Howard Griffin's book Black Like Me, Lynn did not change her pigmentation to live the Black experience. She lived it with her faith.

She was able to survive the racial ordeal because of her faith in the brotherhood of all mankind, one of the basic principles of the Baha'i Faith. Both of her parents were Baha'is, and they instilled Baha'i principles in their daughter at a young age. So when Lynn grew older, she had the strength of character to be able to define her own identity and prevail in spite of overwhelming odds. She was able to see people of different races as "flowers of the same garden" to be appreciated, and not see race as a basis for estrangement.

She, along with her husband and three children, now live and work happily in the South Carolina Low Country where her family was once not accepted. And she has taught over 24 years at the same school that she had chosen to attend as a child.

Lynn's life is an example of survival based on faith, an inspiration to anyone who is against prejudice of all types, including racism. Her story is one of hope and survival while dealing with two cultures during the turbulent sixties. A true testimony to the principle of "unity in diversity."

Lynn is someone you should know, if only through her book.