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The Southern Phoenix is a tale about the Black experience in the Deep South. This historical fiction novel introduces the sit-ins in Alabama, the 1965 riots in Watts, fair housing issues, and scenes–poignant, joyous, riveting, and sad–portraying what life was really like for the Black population during the decades of the mid-20th century.
The Southern Phoenix is an historical fiction novel by Rosemary Jenkins.
The Southern Phoenix captures the ambiance of the South during this critical period of American history. The dialogue is authentic. The characters are people to whom we can relate. It is a must-read for lovers of historical fiction.
Dick Price, Co-founder, laprogressive.com
I was blown away by The Southern Phoenix. Her imagery, honesty, and insights make this book worth reading again and again.
George Christopher Thomas, Founder/Editor, Van Nuys News Press
Rosemary made the story reflect what it was like to live in the Deep South in those days. I hope many people get to read it because not enough young people, let alone adults, truly comprehend what the Civil Rights struggles were all about and how difficult it was to live down South during those days. The protagonist succeeded, despite all odds, and at the same time, he gave back—good modeling for all of us.
Virginia Capers, Tony-Award Winning Actress
The Southern Phoenix frames a sacred time and place in the history of our nation. It will touch any reader open to the transformative gift of culture in the lives of our children. I highly recommend it for middle and high school readers–though anyone seeking to understand the complex tensions of race and diversity will benefit and enjoy reading this thoughtful novel.
José Velásquez, Principal, Los Angeles Unified School District
The Southern Phoenix is a real page turner. I tried to stop myself from reading ahead. And of course, you know, a big surprise was waiting.
Lynette Stafford, The Magical StoryBook Lady
This is a touching and beautiful story. If is full of the rich textures of the people in it. You feel for them and with them… The old lady telling the story moved me many time during my reading.
Lee Wells, Author
Rich material. An excellent story. Nice touches! Dramatic, fascinating, terrifying, compelling. Wow!
Alan Armer, Movie Producer
The book displays an excellent grasp of real-life situations and how normal individuals behave. Its charm lies in the extraordinary acts that these average individuals perform. Ba’ Bro’ and his mother Leona Mae emerge as true heroes because THEY PERSEVERE THROUGH situations that we as readers can relate to, and have in some degree probably experienced ourselves.
Craig Knizek, Reader for Grand Central Productions
Ba’ Bro’ is a believable, character who lives in an interesting world. The author sustained this community—and the reader’s interest—all the way through.
Guy Kettlehack, formerly with Howard Buck Agency
I was greatly moved by the story, the characters, the writing style and the sense of The Southern Phoenix. It would be a natural for a television mini-series. It manages to convey dramatically both the facts and the feelings of people caught up in the major civil rights struggle of our times.
Fern Seizer, former Executive Director, Fair Housing Council, San Fernando Valley
Easy reading; fast-moving. The account of Sandoval lunch counter sit-ins were good, suspenseful and kept me reading furiously! Noted the excellent use of language from early crude to later refined. Felt like saying, “Rah!” to house purchase. It should be required re-reading every 5 years to remind us of what was. . .
Ray Crisp, former HUD and VP of Fair Housing Council Executive, San Fernando Valley
I began reading it while sitting in the “ortho” waiting room and by the time (my daughter) came out, I had already shed a few tears. I find the book compelling and compassionate. I couldn’t wait to get finish it.
Helen Bond, Educator
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“Udeka Yawfe? Now, jus’ what kindova name is that?” Miss Mae Emma asked the little boy in her inimitable way, not really expecting an answer. She grabbed him up in her arms and tossed him on her knees and then squeezed him until he nearly lost his breath. Then she laid a big kiss on his cheek.
“That reminds me of the time I went to kiss that sweet, li’l John David. Did I ever tell you ‘bout that?” No, he nodded and looked up at her with big, expectant eyes. He did so love to hear the story she was about to tell. He must have heard it at least 250 times. It always made him bust his sides laughing. “He came in all dusty from the fields one time to cool hisself with some o’ my chunky, ice-cold buttermilk. I grabbed that tank of a boy over to me and kissed his chubby li’l cheek. Well, he was too big for that and slapped me right on my face. Eh eh eh… https://meredithetc.com/the-southern-phoenix/