Is a summary of each chapter in Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored helpful for understanding it?
Chapter summaries of Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored can be useful because Taulbert arranges the chapters by topic rather by chronology. What this means is that time jumps around with the topic. For example, a topic in one chapter might begin in childhood, as Chapter 1 does and follow the topic to high school or later only to have the next chapter being in childhood again.
Chapter 1 introduces Glenn Allen and Poppa and Saturday in the "country girl of a few Southern charms" that was his hometown of Glenn Allen, because on Saturdays Poppa took him to Greenville where they bought "french bread and frozen custard ice cream." It progresses through to a discussion to Mount Zion Church and Pastor Hern.