Monday, December 17, 2012

Civil Rights Movement book

Check out my website to see the neat job my webmaster (David Messer) did on updating info on MARCH WITH ME, my next book that starts with the Children's March. The cover - thanks to graphic designer Darron Moore - is powerful as it depicts an African-American girl looking at the protesters. (I think it oozes racism, an important subject in my book). Just click on the cover picture of MARCH WITH ME to reveal some interesting stuff.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

praise for authentic African-American voice during civil rights movement

So honored today to recieve a note from Alma ( Mrs. Colin) Powell endorsing MARCH WITH ME. What especially touched me was that she thought I must have been there because it was so "realistic and authentic". I work very hard on my researching and her comments were a great reward. She's the second African-American to say my voice was "authentic". Touched my heart! MARCH WITH ME will be released on March 15, 2013.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

racism/racial reconciliation/desegregation for African-Americans - all part of the new contest

Here's a question from my research for MARCH WITH ME. What important civil rights events occured on this date - Nov. 14th, 1960?  Leave a comment on this post to give your answer.  Of those who guess correctly, one will win a $10 gift certificate for

Saturday, November 10, 2012

next contest: gift card

I hereby declare the first contest over. Joyce Gilmer is the lucky winner of not only a copy of FREEDOM BOUND but also the gift card because she knew that TODAY is the birthday of the UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS. Thanks to all Marines for their service, including my husband & brother during Vietnam and our son in Iraq.
To get YOUR free copy of FREEDOM BOUND if you signed up to my blog, you must email me at with your mailing address. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT or I won't know where to send your book.
Next contest in about a week and the prize will be a $10 gift card.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Great cover about civil rights movement

Darron Moore, talented graphic designer, did a great job depicting race relations and the civil rights movement for the cover of my next book, MARCH WITH ME, that begins with the Children's March in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. I love this cover! What do YOU think?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

ATTENTION: All who signed up for contest

OK, everyone who signed up to get a free copy of FREEDOM BOUND and a chance for an gift certificate - unless you went to the top and clicked "Join this site" and when the menu came up you clicked "Follow Publically" - I have no way of knowing you signed up. Don't click to follow by email if you want to be in the contest. I don't know who you are. If that's what you did, please redo as per the above instructions. There's going to be another contest soon for an gift card so it's worth your effort. Honest.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

more contests ahead for gift certificates

Just two more days for this contest to get free signed copy of award-winning FREEDOM BOUND historical fiction. Be sure to sign in publically at "Join this site" in upper rt. hand corner so I have your name. Next contest to be announced soon. Prize will be gift certificate. Open to all who sign in on my blog. ( Come on down!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Lots of Giveaways

Just one more week for this contest - sign up to follow my blog (publicly so I know, please) - and you win a signed copy of award-winning "Freedom Bound" & 1st one to identify which branch of the U.S. services has a birthday on the deadline - Nov. 10th -wins a $10 gift certificate.
AND I just thought of another contest to start after that for another $10 gift certificate. So, you'd better sign up soon.

Saturday, October 27, 2012


When you sign up to follow my blog do it publicly or I won't know who you are to send you a signed paperback copy of "Freedom Bound" - or at least leave a comment telling me you're following me privately. Thanks.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Giveaway contest

Become a follower of my blog and on November 10, 2012 I will randomly pick winners to receive a signed paperback copy of my award-winning historical novel Freedom Bound. Be the first new follower to name which branch of the military service has a birthday on November 10th and you'll win a $10 gift certificate. Check out my website,, to learn about Freedom Bound and my other books.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

More Thoughts on Racial Reconciliation

I think that sometimes we do need to look at positive things that are happening

Consider the work of former Mississippi Governor William Winter who has established the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation. This wonderful organization is multifaceted in its work to eliminate racism and bring about reconciliation. One of the best examples of their work was when they were invited to go to Philadelphia, MS where the three civil rights workers were slain in 1964. They helped the townspeople work through truth-telling to get to a point of reconciliation between whites and blacks. Even more recently they arranged for an exchange of twenty students from Philadelphia, MS and twenty students from Tallahatchie in the Mississippi Delta where Emmett Till was brutally murdered in 1955 to learn each other’s history – to tell their stories. Because of the work of the Institute, Mississippi has seen a number of changes, for example, curriculum in the public schools has been changed to include the civil rights movement.

Their mission is to “foster reconciliation and civic renewal wherever people suffer as a result of racial discrimination or alienation, and promote scholarly research, study and teaching on race and the impact of race and racism.” The work of the Institute goes far beyond the borders of Mississippi. They were involved in the “America Healing: Racial Equity Communities of Practice Conference” made up of over 140 organizations and individuals who work toward racial healing here in our country, among their many other projects and educational outreach.

There are a number of grass-roots organizations all around the United States that are working for the same goals. The Minority Round Table of Hampton Roads in Virginia is one example. Founded in 1994, they work to gather individuals from the diverse ethnic backgrounds in the area to come together in forums and work on common problems and exchange information – to tell their stories. The Memphis Race Relations and Diversity Institute in Tennessee is another example. They work with businesses to truly understand about diversity and how to successfully handle it within their particular business. The Greensboro (NC) Truth and Community Reconciliation Project follows much of what was learned from South Africa and Mississippi. In Georgia the Moore’s Ford Memorial Committee built a “living memorial to promote justice and racial reconciliation” a generation after the killing of two black couples by whites in 1946. Birmingham, Alabama – once considered the most racist place in America –has programs not only through the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, but also through the Birmingham Metro Diversity Coalition. The BMDC coordinates all of the organizations that are working for racial justice and harmony in that city. The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program is far-reaching in thousands of schools to promote understanding.

These projects and organizations are nationwide. Consider the youth-led Racial Healing and Reconciliation Project in New England that deals with many issues of race relations. It also looks at the connection between race and public health issues as does the Racial Healing and Reconciliation Documentary Project in Jamaica, NY. In Tampa, Florida the “Race With History” and “Listening Beyond the Lines” provides CDs and videos telling the stories. Because three young black men were lynched in Duluth, Minnesota there is the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, “a public commitment to acknowledge its (Duluth’s) painful history and move forward to a more just and inclusive community.” And for providing educational materials internationally one can go to “Facing History and Ourselves” in Brookline, Massachusetts. The website for “blackgivesback” provides insight into many of the projects going on across our country. I am so impressed by the work and enthusiasm of the Birmingham Change Fund and the Community Investment Networks around the country where African-Americans are investing time and money in philanthropic endeavors.

I only have mentioned a few of the hundreds and hundreds of things going on in our country to promote harmony between races. Do we need to do more? Of course, we do. Even so, I have come to believe that the dream of Dr. King lives on. I believe that racial reconciliation is possible. However, we cannot achieve it by ignoring our history. We must listen to each other as both sides share their stories. We must be involved in truth-telling. Reconciliation will not happen easily, but it can happen. It’s up to all of us.

It’s up to you.
I welcome your comments.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Thoughts on race relations

As I think about race relations and what the civil rights movement has meant to our country I am reminded of a favorite quote from "A Sudden Country" by Karen Fisher. “Our stories are all we have. The only thing that can save us is to learn each other's stories. From beginning to end....For every life we know, we are expanded.”
Karen Fisher
What do you think???

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Civil Rights Movement book, MARCH WITH ME, should soon have a cover design. We're getting there!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

What an inspiring evening listening to Myrlie Evers-Williams, Medgar evers widow, and former MS Gov. William Winter at the Mississippi Center for Justice Dinner.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

African-American site

African-Americans have a great site we should all check out - blackgivesback. It's about the many wonderful grass-roots projects going on in the black communities

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

March With Me

This book will take us beyond the Children's March  and the Civil Rights Movement to understand what life was like for blacks and whites in the very separate south and bring us to understand what is needed for true reconciliation.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Hi all -

Are you ready to meander down history's side streets with me? We'll dig out some interesting, little-known historical events.
First big news - the new and final title for my next historical fiction set during the civil rights movement in1960's Birmingham, Alabama will be (drum roll!) MARCH WITH ME. Thanks all you readers who were polled.