Freedom Lessons is my 50,000 word novel which tells the story of Colleen Rodriquez, Evelyn Glover and Frank White, who face “Jim Crow” when their all-black K-12 school is closed without notice and they’re forced to integrate into the local all-white schools virtually overnight.

A northerner and newlywed, Colleen struggles for acceptance as a white teacher in the town’s all-black school. The sudden mid-year integration compels her to take sides between black and white and her values are tested as she seeks to understand her new black colleagues, particularly the proud, prickly third-generation black teacher Evelyn, who serves as her mentor.

Frank is a star on the black school’s football team. But his dreams of a college football scholarship are dashed when his new white coach benches all the black players. Frank’s high school friends plan a walk out to demand real equality in their new school, but he won’t – can’t – join in, at least not at first. He knows what happens when Blacks seek equality. His father died in a suspicious fire after opening an auto repair shop that drew customers away from white businesses in town.   

 

 

 

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