No Place Like Home: A Story About An All-Black, All-American Town

No Place Like Home: A Story About An All-Black, All-American Town

by Hannibal B. Johnson


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This story, set in 1920, revolves around Charles "Charlie" Jackson, a twelve-and-a-half-year-old from Boley, Oklahoma, one of America's best-known all­Black towns. Today Boley, once a thriving black mecca, is smaller and more subdued. Still, signifi­cant historical footprints line her streets and alleys.

Charlie's window on the world offers us an up­close and personal view of this historic town during its heyday. In an era of great flux-the immediate wake of World War I; the dawn of women's suffrage; the rapid industrialization of America; the introduc­tion of the doomed social experiment known as "Prohibition"; the continuation of unstable race rela­tions and racial hostility, intimidation, and violence against African- Americans . . . Boley became a kind of cocoon enshrouding African-Americans ("coloreds" or "Negroes" at the time). They thrived, emboldened and empowered by the sense of openness and oppor­tunity the town provided.

Through Charlie's eyes, we re-visit the impor­tance of self-esteem, of believing in oneself and one's unlimited potential. Through Charlie's eyes, we re­examine what it means to be part of a family, to have deep roots. Through Charlie's eyes, we rediscover some of the values that help create a sense of com­munity: love, faith, charity, hope, perseverance, and integrity, just to name a few.

Charlie's experiences illuminate a little-known slice of American history. In the process, they high­light important lessons for our present lives and for our futures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681791388
Publisher: Wild Horse Media Group LLC
Publication date: 09/27/2018
Pages: 108
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.22(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Hannibal B. Johnson, a Harvard Law School graduate, is an author, attorney, and consultant. He is a recognized expert on diversity and inclusion, with more than twenty years consulting with for-profit and nonprofit groups across the country, as well as writing and lecturing on the topic.

Johnson teaches at Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma. His several books include Tulsa's Historic Greenwood District, "Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa's Historic Greenwood District," "Up from the Ashes," and "Acres of Aspiration: The All-Black Towns in Oklahoma," which chronicle the African American experience in Oklahoma and its indelible impact on American history. His book, "Apartheid in Indian Country?: Seeing Red Over Black Disenfranchisement" recounts the history of the Freedmen, persons of African ancestry who lived among the Five Civilized Tribes.

Johnson has led the boards of local, state, and national nonprofits, and has received numerous honors and awards for his professional and community endeavors.

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