This is a powerful story of a black man's struggle to raise his son in a period of overt discrimination and segregation in America. Diversified characters portray the reality of the period, as the author skillfully weaves one into their lives with humor, pathos and drama. Jess Barker, a hard working laborer. lives with his son, Johnny in the milieu of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during the 1930's and 40's era of the great depression. Joblessness, hunger and depravation are prevalent. Jess, defies barriers as he strives to make a living and provide a quality education for his son. Although poverty is a constant obstacle, living is rich and colorful in an integrated setting. Neighbors are supportive and coexist. A series of women play important roles in Jess' life. Although color is a barrier, love blooms and tragedy results. A destructive bitterness is born from the seeds of discrimination. Jess' ambition for his son, Johnny's reactions, love and reality bring this novel to a historic conclusion.
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About the Author
Evelyn Allen Johnson was born in Pittsburgh, PA and educated in its suburb of Penn Hills. She is a Registered Nurse, Cum Laude. After graduating from Freedmen's Hospital School of Nursing, currently Howard University's School of Nursing, she obtained a B.S.N. and P.H.N. from California State University at Los Angeles. She has vast nursing experience, including OR, ER, Public School Nursing an Nursing Administration. She is an award winning author, having received the Vassie D. Wright Award for her novel, "MY NEIGHBOR'S ISLAND". Evelyn has also written numerous other works including, "GET THE SHOW ON THE ROAD" and a book of poetry, "A NURSE'S NOTES". She is the widow of the late Raymond L. Johnson, Sr., an attorney and former Original Tuskegee Airman. Married for 61 years they parented three children, Raymond Jr., and attorney; Marjorie Johnson Warren, a physician and Robert, a dentist.