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The Song and the Silence

A Story About Family, Race, and What Was Revealed in a Small Town in the Mississippi Delta While Searching for Booker Wright
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
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"Have to keep that smile," said Booker Wright in the 1966 NBC documentary Mississippi: A Self-Portrait. At the time Wright was a waiter in a whites-only restaurant and a local business owner who would become an unwitting icon of the civil rights movement. For he did the unthinkable: Before a national audience, he described what life was truly like for the black people of Greenwood, Mississippi.

Shortly after these remarks aired on television, life for Booker took a turn for the worse.

And so began the story that has inspired Yvette Johnson to explore her grandfather's life - as well as her own feelings on race - in this fascinating memoir. Born a year after Wright's death and raised in a wealthy San Diego neighborhood, Johnson admits she never had to confront race the way Southern blacks did in the 1960s. Compelled to learn more about her roots, she travels back to Greenwood, Mississippi, a beautiful Southern town steeped in secrets and a scarred past, to interview family members about the real Booker Wright. As she uncovers her grandfather's fascinating story and gets closer to the truth behind his murder, she also confronts her own conflicted feelings surrounding race, family, forgiveness, and faith.

Told with powerful insights and harrowing details of civil rights-era Mississippi, The Song and the Silence is an amazing chronicle of one woman's five-year journey in pursuit of the past - and hope for tomorrow.

©2017 Yvette Johnson (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Thought provoking

The narrator made it sound as if it was her story she was telling. The story itself was interesting and sheds light on what it meant to be black before and during the civil rights era. The author made a good effort at looking into herself to be as honest and true about her feelings as she could be. Although a true story and not a novel the story behind the facts keeps your interest till the end and even left me wanting to know a few more things. Especially about the author and her mother’s current relationship.

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Excellent American story

I love this story of survival, determination and courage. Unforgettable story about the psychology of racism.