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“Readers will wonder, applaud, laugh, cry, and share in those intersections where living history makes lived history not only tolerable, but impressively acceptable.”—Trudier Harris, author of Summer Snow: Reflections from a Black Daughter of the South
“The Sacred Place is a work of power and depth, reminding us of a recent, painful past that too many of us have tried to forget.”—Trey Ellis, author of Platitudes
“The Sacred Place is a magnificent illustration of the power of [Black's] imagination in which the virtues of courage, sacrifice, and, most importantly, spiritual maturity jump off every page.”—Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., author of Exodus!: Religion, Race, and Nation in Early Nineteenth-Century Black America
“The Sacred Place is a captivating art of storytelling in a time before the Civil Rights Era. This great novel serves as a time machine, helping us revisit our past in hopes of someday reconciling our differences.”—Keith A. Beauchamp, director/producer of The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till
“The writing is splendidly mature. It ranks among our best new story-telling. In these pages we can rediscover how to be patient with the Universe and its seeming axiom: Freedom costs!”—Jeffrey Lynn Woodyard, Ph.D.
“While spending the summer of 1955 with relatives in Money, Miss., 14-year-old Chicago-raised Clement unleashes hell when he buys a root beer at the general store and refuses to place the nickel in the white female cashier's hand, leaving it instead on the counter. Though his sharecropping grandparents and aunt and uncle try desperately to protect him—his grandfather shoots and kills the men who come looking for the boy—Clement is abducted and his death is inevitable. Patriarch Jeremiah Johnson's pain and anger bring him to call a town meeting, and the town's blacks decide to stand up against generations of murders, lynchings, rapes and other violence.”—Publishers Weekly