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Freshwater Road by Denise Nicholas offers fresh take on Civil Rights movement

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Sensitively written and refreshingly honest, Denise Nicholas is a brave new voice in fiction. The Washington Post called Freshwater Road surely the best work of fiction about the Civil Rights movement since Earnest J. Gaine's The Autobiograhy Of Miss Jane Pitman. Freshwater Road, written by award-winning actress and writer, Denise Nicholas, is the story of a nineteen-year-old woman's role in the Civil Rights movement and her journey towards self-discovery.

In the summer of 1964, University of Michigan sophomore Celeste Tyree leaves the comforts of her middle class life to travel to Mississippi and volunteer her efforts in Freedom Summer. She ends up helping voters register in the small town of Pineyville, a place best known for a notorious lynching that occurred only a few years earlier. As the long, hot summer unfolds, Celeste befriends several members of the community who watch her develop into a powerful, strong young woman.

Yet there are those who are threatened by Celeste and fear the change she represents. Through her work, she finds inner strength as she helps lift the veil of oppression and learns, valuable lessons about race, social change, and violence. All the while, she struggles with loneliness, a worried father in Detroit, and her burgeoning feelings for Ed Jolivette, a young man also in Mississippi for the summer.

Sensitively written and refreshingly honest, Denise Nicholas is a brave new voice in fiction. The Washington Post called Freshwater Road surely the best work of fiction about the Civil Rights movement since Earnest J. Gaine's The Autobiograhy Of Miss Jane Pitman.

"My time in the Deep South in the 1960's gave me a deep and resonant understanding of American history, the history that's barely taught in our schools. What began to disturb me most was that far too many people didn't really know what had happened. Slavery really did happen, the Civil War really was fought because of slavery and though the South lost that war, the south did not lose the peace. The civl rights movement haunted me for years, like a shadow always playing at the back edges of my mind. I could not forget the power of those days, the beauty of that moment in American history," said Nicholas.

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Denise Nicholas is an award-winning actress and writer who have appeared in numerous films and television shows--including Room 222 (for which she earned two Golden Globe nominations) and In the Heat of the Night, for which she wrote six episodes. She received two Emmy Awards for the PBS special Voices of Our People: In Celebration of African American Poetry as well as four NAACP Image awards for her work over the years. Freshwater Road is her first novel.

Freshwater Road is on sale now at Target, Kmart, Walmart and Meijer stores nationwide!
 

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