Robert Scott Jones Releases JOY IN THE MORNING
The black experience in pre-1960s America can be defined as a collection of individual yet interwoven histories, stories of courage and determination that continue to inspire today.
Inspired by those stories and the oral histories of the 'Great Black Migration' that he collected in his youth, debut author RoBert Scott Jones brings audiences Joy in the Morning: Early Rays of Sunset, a tale of unforgettable characters written in the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance writers.
This intimate portrayal of the black experience prior to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, written as the journal of a black man born in turn of the century New Orleans, highlights the importance of Black History in our national story, the need to foster self-help and self-reliance among the African American community and the underlying principles of 'work, save, educate'.
"By reading this book, readers of all ages will be made more aware or reminded of the struggles and tragic human toll African-Americans have gone through to get to where we are today," says Jones. "Joy in the Morning was written to not only engage history but also to promote the philosophy and principles of self-help and to help continue the agenda of economic equality advanced by the Civil Rights Movement."
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About the author
RoBert Scott Jones is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. He spent a great deal of his youth collecting in his mind the oral histories of African-Americans who had relocated to California during the Great Black Migration. Many of his characters are composites formed by those stories. Later in life, he was greatly impacted by a visit to impoverished Sugar Ditch in Tunica, Mississippi. He holds a B.A. in History, with a minor in Black Studies from Delaware State College and a M.A. in Political Science from Villanova University.
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