Welcome to Madison Park, a small community in Alabama founded by freed slaves in 1880. And meet Eric Motley, a native son who came of age in this remarkable place where constant lessons in self-determination, hope, and unceasing belief in the American dream taught him everything he needed for his journey to the Oval Office as a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush.
Eric grew up among people whose belief was to “give” and never turn away from your neighbor’s need. There was Aunt Shine, the goodly matriarch who cared so much about young Motley’s schooling that she would stand up in a crowded church and announce Eric’s progress or his shortcomings. There was Old Man Salery, who secretly siphoned gasoline from his beat-up car into the Motley’s tank at night. There were Motley’s grandparents, who bought books for Eric they couldn’t afford, spending the last of their seed money. And there was Reverend Brinkley, a man of enormous faith and simple living. It was said that whenever the Reverend came your way, light abounded. Life in Madison Park wasn’t always easy or fair, and Motley reveals personal and heartbreaking stories of racial injustice and segregation. But Eric shows how the community taught him everything he needed to know about love and faith.
This charming, engaging, and deeply inspiring memoir will help you remember that we can create a world of shared values based on love and hope. It is a story that reveals the amazing power of faith in God and each other. If you’re in search of hope during troubled times, look no further than Madison Park.
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About the Author
Eric L. Motley grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, the son of adoptive grandparents who raised him in the community of Madison Park, which was founded by freed slaves in 1880. From this beginning in the black community he rose to become a special assistant to President George W. Bush. Eric is executive vice president of the think tank The Aspen Institute which on a national and international level discusses today’s global issues that face the United States and her partners across the world.
Table of Contents
Foreword Walter Isaacson 11
1 The Motley Boy 17
2 Madison Park 25
3 A Proud Black Community 33
4 My Motley Heritage 37
5 Everything Rounded Out 43
6 Years in Training 51
7 Not My Only Parents 59
8 Rabbits v.Turtles 67
9 The D.U.K 77
10 Shave and a Haircut 83
11 That Old-Time Religion 95
12 The Best "Hind-Catcher" in the Neighborhood 103
13 The Music That Would Change My Life 113
14 Three Queens: Rosebud, Mama, and Mayes 119
15 The Book of Knowledge 129
16 Blessed Interventions 137
17 1,002 Uses for a Pie Pan 145
18 Keeping It Real for Me 151
19 Steve Urkel and Boys State 161
20 Evolution 173
21 Beyond Madison Park, But Still a Part of It 185
22 Remember, We're Still in Alabama 193
23 There's Part for Every One of Us to Play 205
24 Scotland 217
25 The Limits of Knowledge, the Unlimited Nature of Friendship 225
26 "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" 239
27 "If You're Not Ready Now" 247
28 From the White House to Foggy Bottom 261
29 "Barbara Ann" 275
30 Paid in Full 287
31 Wherever I Go 293
Final Reflection 297
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Excellent read. The power of community, drive, purpose, love and belief permeates this powerful story. I would recommend this book to anyone. Jake Lee
It is a thoughtfully and lovingly written story about a supportive, nurturing community that produced Eric Motley, a man who epitomizes the realization of the American dream.
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