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Thruway Diaries Sam Kelley

Thruway Diaries

Sam Kelley

Published October 26th 2012
ISBN : 9781479732791
Hardcover
116 pages
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In Kelley’s Thruway Diaries, the Cadillac, that Black American symbol of “having made it,” provides no immunity to Big T and his family as they travel from Chicago to his native Mississippi in the early sixties and find themselves the target ofMoreIn Kelley’s Thruway Diaries, the Cadillac, that Black American symbol of “having made it,” provides no immunity to Big T and his family as they travel from Chicago to his native Mississippi in the early sixties and find themselves the target of police officers hell bent on making sure they “know their place.” Almost forty years later a retired Big T pulls his Cadillac off the blocks and travels with his family to the Southeast. His Cadillac becomes the perfect target for police officers seeking the “big bust” in America’s War on Drugs, creating racial profiling nightmare. When Big T’s Cadillac is taken apart piece by piece and the women stripped searched, it is through strong family bonds, their unyielding faith, and life’s tough lessons that the family finds the strength to maintain their human dignity.“Sam Kelley has taken a big familiar experience in Black America and brought it stunningly to life. It is painful and insightful to witness and yet it is a scene known only too well to all of Black America. It is said “Once you know better you do better.” We know this scenario and it is up to us all to speak about and work to change the situation we all know as ‘DWB’ Driving while Black.”Jackie Warrern-Moore, Central New York poet, playwright, actress“Thruway Diaries deals with stereotypes head-on.” Samantha Ragland, Syracuse Post Standard