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The Sacred Place

by Daniel Black

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Reading this book was like having a history lesson along with a bible study. This book is more than a retelling of history; the killing of Emmet Til, is that what gave African Americans the fight to create change and this book gives a great fictional account of those times. It provokes thought about how hard it was for African Americans during that time period and the horrifying reality of prejudice and pure hatred.

Black is an awesome folklorist and fiction writer who tells a riveting story about truth, justice, self esteem, fighting for your rights, and strength in community, race relations and faith. It is an examination of the soul of the African-American. The vividness with which Daniel Black writes allows the reader to not only read but to experience the novel. This story is one of faith, community and unity.

He recreates the speech patterns of each character by deliberately altering `standard' spelling and grammar creating a southern dialect capturing the essence of the time period which brings the book that much more character.

Daniel Black has a talent to make you feel a relationship between yourself and the characters, Edgar Rosenthal’s (the white man’s) guilty descent into madness and insanity, Jerry and Aunt Sugar.

The story evoked so much emotion, that I found myself crying then angry and sad the next. I truly enjoyed this book until the very end. ( )
  altima313 | Apr 21, 2009 |
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To Emmit Till: Your life forced us to rise and change the world.
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"Come on Clement!" his cousins demanded. "You ain't got no business in dat store! Grandaddy kill you if he find out you went in there al by yo'self!"
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312359713, Hardcover)

In the summer of 1955, fourteen-year-old Clement enters a general store in Money, Mississippi to purchase a soda.  Unaware of the consequences of flouting the rules governing black-white relations in the South, this Chicago native defies tradition, by laying a dime on the counter and turns to depart.  Miss Cuthbert, the store attendant, demands that he place the money in her hand, but he refuses, declaring, "I ain't no slave!" and exits with a sense of entitlement unknown to black people at the time.  His behavior results in his brutal murder.  This event sparks a war in Money, forcing the black community to galvanize its strength in pursuit of equality.

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"In the summer of 1955, fourteen-year-old Clement enters a general store in Money, Mississippi, to purchase a soda. Unaware of the consequences of flouting the rules governing black-white relations in the South, this Chicago native defies tradition by laying a dime on the counter and turns to depart. Miss Cuthbert, the store attendant, demands that he place the money in her hand, but he refuses, declaring, "I ain't no slave!" and exits with a sense of entitlement unknown to black people at the time. His behavior results in his brutal murder. This event sparks a war in Money, forcing the black community to galvanize its strength in pursuit of equality."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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