New Book Chronicles Life of MOVE Founder, John Africa

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Louise Leaphart James Shares With Us “John Africa…Childhood Untold – Until Today”

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May 13th 1985, is now recorded in the annals of history, as this was the day Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode, approved the dropping of a bomb on a row house in a residential neighborhood. The raging fire that followed claimed the lives of eleven MOVE members, six adults and five children. Among the adults killed was Frank Africa, son and only child of author, Louise Leaphart James. Also lost to her was her brother John Africa. James’ book chronicles events that would ultimately lead to so shocking an end. Her riveting account of the exploding bomb, and the aftermath of it, will put you right there with her.

Considerable detail is given to what is heretofore unknown about the life of John Africa - before he became known as John Africa. An intimate and personal glimpse into his life from childhood on.

Metaphorically speaking readers will walk with James through his childhood years as a little boy called “Benny”. A little boy who grew up with, laughed with, and played with his sisters and brothers.

You will walk with her through the happy times of their family, and through the sad times. You will meet their mom and dad.

You will also find yourself amazed at the stark difference between the times you’ll be reading about, and the times we live in now.

Author believes children between the ages 8-12 will enjoy the first few chapters, especially the chapter about their little kitten Tippy. Hopefully parent(s) will read these chapters to them.

John Africa…Childhood Untold…Until Today, is an emotionally powerful accounting that pierces through ideology, politics and media, to usher forth the revelation that, despite the tragic and controversial events that occurred in Philadelphia on that fateful day, the person known as John Africa was ultimately a man that everybody who grew up in a loving family can relate to.

There is a point too, where everyone reading this book, will see themselves. When that point is reached, you will simply say, “That’s me!” Moreover you will recognize others – family members, friends, and say, “that sure is so-an-so!”

James’ account promises to engage readers and will at times touch them at the very core of their being. Leave them with new insight that will hopefully have them close the book feeling somewhat different than when they opened it.

About the Author

Louise Leaphart James’ work as a journalist was published in black newspapers all across the country for more than 10 years, and on occasion in other mainstream media as well.

John Africa...Childhood Untold Until Today * by Louise Leaphart James
Publication Date: September 26, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 204 pages; 978-1-4836-3786-0
Trade Hardback; $22.99; 204 pages; 978-1-4836-3787-7
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-3788-4

To request a complimentary paperback review copy, contact the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (812) 355-4079 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. For more information, contact Xlibris at (888) 795-4274 or on the web at

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