Carol Denise Mitchell is a journalist and published author. Mitchell has a thirty-year writing career that included writing books on employment law and news broadcasting. She wrote What Happened to Suzy winning praise; and, a coveted (2011) book award for its message of healing and hope. In Oakland, California Mitchell worked alongside slain newspaper Editor, Chauncey Bailey, as a news reporter for Soul Beat. Mitchell was reared in Los Angeles, California, during the Civil Rights Movement. She recalls how living in Watts, California, during this era in American history, was a motivating influence behind her writing career along with her father’s illiteracy.
“I remember my father asking me to write his name. That and the Watts Riot, when the city imploded for three long, life-changing days were both the impetus for my writing career,” says the writer. “Encouraged by my father; I knew this kind of degradation and Urban ruin, was not going to be remedied fast enough for the kind of changes the community deserved. One year after the riots, we moved to Pomona, California,” says Mitchell. She concludes that being a living witness to an infamous part of Watts history left an indelible imprint on her wanting to be a part of the change that would allow her father to read and allow her to be an integral part in helping her old community via writing and memorializing such events first-hand. In 1977, Mitchell moved to the Northern California, Bay Area to launch her successful writing career. Mitchell resides in Phoenix, Arizona
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