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In "Brothers and Keepers," what happened to Wideman's daughter Jamila?

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Posted May 27, 2008 at 12:03 PM via web

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In "Brothers and Keepers," what happened to Wideman's daughter Jamila?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted May 28, 2008 at 11:03 PM (Answer #1)

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"Brothers and Keepers" is a memoir of John Edgar Wideman's experience of his brother's conviction and life-sentence for murder in 1976. Wideman's daughter Jamila was born 9 weeks premature and was considered too premature to survive at the time. She did survive, but the parents then had to face the possibility of her having some mental or physical disability.

However, Jamila did not have any disabilities. You might say that she had super abilities both academically and athletically. She played basketball in high school and went on to study and play ball for Stanford University and later to study law at New York University. Today, she plays for the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA.

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