Author Carolyn Scanlon McLendon Releases ‘Hope of Glory’

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Personal memoir tells true story of, calls action for enduring racial bias in Deep South

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Honest and poignant, “Hope of Glory” is sure to capture readers’ attention as it puts Southern present and past into readable language and tells the story of someone who wants to make a change, but how family members and social mores get in the way.

A soulful and straightforward call for action regarding the racial bias and civil rights status in the South and the predicament emphasized by the Confederate-based state flag is presented in author Carolyn Scanlon McLendon’s new novel featuring “Hope of Glory” (published by Xlibris). This candid story was written by a Southern lady who spent 80 years observing this grim case firsthand.

“Hope of Glory” takes readers to the Deep South where social and political mores rule over laws and where descendants of slaves may not be socially equal, but are not socially inferior. It is about a Southern white newspaper editor who believes in and does, regardless of cost, what he can to ensure equal rights for all. He marries a Southern lady, the younger sister of a US senator, whose social, political and family position give him power in the choice of governor, a man the editor considers politically dangerous. As expected, the senator uses his sister to try to control the editor. Add the death threat to the visit of northern racist to the killing of the editor’s father and damage to the editor’s home, and a dissention between the editor and his wife happens. Woven throughout the story is insight into how blacks melded their lives into the Deep South by using what their ancestors brought from Africa.

“People need to know what life in Mississippi and the South is like, that it’s not just racial, but more importantly, also social, and not much different from life anywhere else,” McLendon said in describing her inspiration in writing this book. She relates to the audience: “If you live in the South, this book is about you; if you live elsewhere, this book reveals life in a major portion of the United States.”

Honest and poignant, “Hope of Glory” is sure to capture readers’ attention as it puts Southern present and past into readable language and tells the story of someone who wants to make a change, but how family members and social mores get in the way.

“Hope of Glory” shares a snippet, reminding readers that “when it comes to ethnic and social differences among people, the US South is no different from the rest of the United States and most nations:”
As long as the people support the State Flag, it will remain with all of its racial connotations.

“Hope of Glory”
By Carolyn Scanlon McLendon
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 286 pages | ISBN 9781514485958
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 286 pages | ISBN 9781514485941
E-Book | 286 pages | ISBN 9781514485934
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Carolyn Scanlon McLendon was a true Mississippian, a Southern Lady who worked in various jobs throughout her working life. She was born and reared in Columbus and lived and worked in Jackson. After graduating from the W (Mississippi College for Women), she taught second grade one year and was hired as a reporter by the Jackson Clarion–Ledger for two years. She and her husband, Donald W. Newton Sr., established an advertising agency, and she wrote advertising for 14 years. After their divorce, she set up her own travel agency and conducted tours of Mississippi and, later, tours of Europe for 15 years and wrote two travel books: “Outdoor Mississippi” in 1974 and “Meet Mississippi” with Patricia H. Coggin in 1976. For eight years, she was general manager of the Mississippi Symphony, arranging for concerts and handling finances, and worked eight years for the Mississippi Library Commission. In her spare time, she was editor of the monthly Mississippi Episcopalian newspaper. She had one daughter and two sons and eight grandchildren. She died in Jackson in 2013.

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