New Book Chronicles Life of MOVE Founder, John Africa
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.