Maurya's Seed: Why Hope Lives Behind Project Wallsby Cathleen Wright-Lewis
Maurya's Seed portrays the aftermath of slavery. More precisely, it actually gives the updated status of African slave descendants living in urban America exactly one hundred years after the signing of The Emancipation Proclamation. An unspoken centennial anniversary of revolution, 1963 is the perfect setting to depict the
An unexpected explosion of untold truth.
Maurya's Seed portrays the aftermath of slavery. More precisely, it actually gives the updated status of African slave descendants living in urban America exactly one hundred years after the signing of The Emancipation Proclamation. An unspoken centennial anniversary of revolution, 1963 is the perfect setting to depict the continual battle against slavery African-Americans must endure. Fiction rooted in truth, this story reveals the diabolical strategies used against the children of former slaves to keep them in servitude, even when it's disguised as freedom.
The main character, Passion, unknowingly is a direct descendant of Maurya, a legendary African slave best remembered for her ability to escape a popular, evil slave trader turned slave master. Maurya is Passion's guardian angel and spiritually guides her through her adventurous and explosive life. Passion is the epitome of black, female heroism.
She is the young widow of a revolutionary named Justice, and is raising her four children with the assistance of a unique extended family. In the name of Civil Rights, she is one of the few parents brave enough to fight for her children to be bussed to school in a white neighborhood where they are not welcome. Ironically, at the very same time, one of her children is being declared the first casualty of war.
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This book opens up wounds delicately by discussing the aftermath of slavery and a fester explosion of emotions dealing with oppression. It brings to the forefront the struggle of surviving in during a revolutionary era in Brownsville Brooklyn. It gives a personal, clear and adequate description of what it was like during the busing movement in Brooklyn. The author brilliantly leans the reader a firsthand standpoint of the feelings, sights, sounds, flavor, language, and movement during that time. We are actually placed 'Behind Project Walls'. What I enjoyed most about the book was the intertwining between reality and the unseen. The spiritual rawness and realness was touching and moving. I felt a physical connection to certain parts of the story where particular characters are faced with life-changing spiritual occurrences. I also enjoyed how the plot and time setting fluctuated back and forth between the 1960s and slavery, also the gritty streets of Brownsville Brooklyn to the rural south. This book is a conversation starter and it provokes the reader to internally address their belief in hope and their beliefs in the connection to the past and to ancestors. I recommend this book for any reader who wants to be changed by what they read. I also thank the author for being courageous enough to address the themes she has and to allow Passion's story to come to life.