Shaker Heights, OH (PRWEB) March 30, 2006
The 1960s were fast and turbulent years for many Black people. The freedom movement was witnessed, the emergence of Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, John H. Glenn, Jr., and John W. Coltrane occurred, and shoot-outs with Klansmen were encountered.
Racism covers all kinds of injustices in our society. “In portraying a minority culture or race, there needs to be balance,” claims J. Everett Prewitt, author of award winning “Snake Walkers” (ISBN 0976192705) “I can find a thousand books on hangings, beatings, castrations etc., but very few on families that confronted physical violence and won. Without balance, both those inside and outside of the culture or race tend to see that group as victims and act accordingly."
“Since I was young, I felt compelled to fight back against all the injustices I encountered. Although I was prepared, fighting was seldom physical. It did require a mindset though that color does not make a person inferior or superior. During those tumultuous times, this belief was challenged, but subsequently reinforced so many times that it was no longer a question,” continues Prewitt. Because of that, Prewitt’s writing is based on telling stories of people with similar mindsets resulting in triumph and victory. “That is the life I lived during those times and that was the life my family lived. My father, mother, uncles, aunts and cousins were great mentors in that respect since they repeatedly overcame barriers and went on to become very successful people.”
In “Snake Walkers”, Prewitt writes about the main character, Anthony, who comes from an upper class family of Blacks that are more concerned with maintaining the status quo than seeking justice in the turbulent fifties and sixties. Through no fault of his own, he is book smart but naïve about life. Because of his new job, Anthony is thrust into life threatening situations where he meets people he learns to respect. They have a different viewpoint about dealing with racial injustice and life in general, and Anthony's perspective eventually changes. “No one is ‘above the fray’ when it comes to fighting injustice. Your strength comes from within,” states Prewitt. “A strong, supportive family is essential when confronting insurmountable odds. Persistence and an open mind are necessary to navigate the treacherous mazes of life.”
“Snake Walkers” deals with confrontation, but it also deals with growth and transformation. We are all products of our environment and based on the sum total of our experiences, we approach situations differently. As those experiences change, our approaches are subject to change. “We look at circumstances in a new light, and hopefully, we grow,” declared Prewitt.
J. Everett Prewitt is a Vietnam veteran and a former Army officer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science Degree in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University. Prewitt was awarded the title of distinguished alumni at both schools. Prewitt lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio and is working on his next book “Two Wolves.”
The author's website address is http://www.eprewitt.com.
The book is available at the following book stores:
Borders, Barnes & Nobles, Joseph-Beth Booksellers and independent book stores.
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