Happy Black History Month! Although I write fiction I incorporate factual Black History into my books, and throughout this month I will be posting excerpts from my novels that reference Black history. The first is the following excerpt from my award-winning Christian romance, FOLLOW YOUR HEART:
“Do you think Ty is in danger?”
Tameka was confused, “Danger? I don’t understand what you mean. He’s in jail, but as far as I know, he’s not in any danger.”
Palmer chuckled sadly, “You’ve led a sheltered life, haven’t you? Unfortunately, in this country, one of the most dangerous places for a black man to be is in jail. I can’t hear the words ‘southern sheriff’ without seeing fire hoses, billy clubs, and police dogs.”
Tameka recalled the terrifying grainy black-and-white films of atrocities that occurred in southern towns before she was born. She remembered her mother’s haunting narratives of being spit on during civil rights marches when she was a child.
“I understand now. But this southern sheriff is a black man and an old family friend. He doesn’t allow the mistreatment of any of his prisoners, black or white. Ty’s in no danger.”