Songs of Black Nightingales Reverberate Hope for True Racial Equality

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Author James Fearn interweaves a story that portrays the struggle for Black justice and true racial equality in the third installment of his trilogy, “Nightingales are Singing”

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In the first book of author James Fearn’s trilogy, “Stranger in Dixie,” readers follow the author’s great grandfather’s odyssey from affluence to being a reject of British society and the empowering influence that John and his wife, Anna, had upon their Black charges. In the second book, “The Overseer’s Apprentice,” they follow a tale that centered on a newly freed black man. Now, author James Fearn takes readers to a time after the Civil War to witness the struggles of the black people who instigate the emancipation in the South, how few individuals take the reins of this quest, and make sacrifices to liberate their people in the third installment of this trilogy, Nightingales are Singing. This book tells the story of a few advocates of Black justice and racial equality, and of how the songs of these Black nightingales gave them hope to achieve their common dream.

In this book, readers will follow the story of John Fearn Francis, the Overseer of slaves on Jesse Godbehere’s plantation in Mansfield, La., before the American Civil War. He was a highly successful manager who had an outstanding reputation for high productivity with the slaves in his charge. John’s strongly held Christian values of love, self-discipline and empowerment motivated him to teach others such values by word and example. As a result, Moses Bailey and his daughter Frances were steeped in this same spirit which became a driving force for good in the emerging mixed society of the South. Upholding her family tradition, Frances played a significant role in the ongoing emancipation of the Black people of the South. Her pursuance of Black justice, the fight for suffrage, non-segregated education, and the erosion of white supremacist belief were objects of her keen attention.

Cultural inheritance over succeeding generations within one family has focussed the energy that produced many Black leaders who have contributed superbly to the gradual emancipation of the minds of both Black and White Americans. Before the dawn of the day of true racial equality in the South, the songs of Black nightingales are continuing to give hope to a people who are still travelling down the long winding trail the toward the realisation of their dreams.

Providing a glimpse of one of the most crucial chapters in Southern history, the true struggles of victims of racial discrimination, and their determined pursuit, this book will inspire readers to uphold freedom, justice and true equality. Readers are also encouraged to read “Stranger in Dixie” and “The Overseer’s Apprentice.”

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About the Author
James Fearn was born in the Great Depression in Australia where he developed conservative political and religious views. These revealed themselves in Church and educational leadership in the State of Victoria. Educated as a Science Educator in schools and universities, James holds a Master’s degrees in Science and in Education, and a Doctorate in Education. His essays describe his life experiences, and he has two published textbooks, one for Science teachers, and one for Church leaders. This trilogy is based upon the life and times of his Great Grandfather, John Francis who died a hero in the American Civil War. The author’s hobbies include Music - solo voice and choral, Building (Habitat for Humanity), Walking, Writing.

Nightingales are Singing * by James Fearn
Publication Date: June 8, 2012
Trade Paperback; $29.99; # pages; 978-1-4691-9918-4
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