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.
|Publisher:||Wild Horse Media Group LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.22(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
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.