Be Don't Just Seem to Be tells the story of Adelaide Parish Brown . She was born ten years after the end of slavery in Memphis Tennessee. Adelaide learned at an early age to give service to her community while she was a student at Lemoyne Normal Institute. She and her husband, Henderson moved to Chicago in 1897. Henderson worked as a Pullman porter and Adelaide became active as a women's club founder, a suffragett and a child evangelist. This book tells the story of her life and the life of her family.