I enjoyed connecting with Gene Stowe before this past Christmas. He had great intellect and shared so much passion for his book when we spoke over the phone. I was curious as to what he did before he became an Author. He stated to me that writing has been paramount throughout his life. He started his high school newspaper, detoured into two degrees in religion and did a stint as a pastoral assistant at a church in Charlotte. Stowe went to work for The Charlotte Observer as a clerk in 1980 and became a reporter in 1981. Even when he was teaching for 15 years in Indiana, he performed substantial freelance work.
Gene Stowe has obtained degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill (BA) and Capital University Lutheran Theological Seminary (MTS).
When asked why he wrote the book Stowe stated that he saw an unparalleled friendship across races in Marvin, N.C., and wrote newspaper stories in 1993 about the history. There he learned that a white woman left her 800-acre homeplace to a black family in 1921, which formed the basis of economic participation and mutual respect. Stowe conducted research for 13 years before the book was published in 2006.
When asked why is it important for students, professors, and alumni to read his book?
He stated that the book not only tells the history of unsurpassed friendships between African-Americans and white Southerners since Reconstruction — it has made Marvin an oasis of racial peace to this day and a model of overcoming division for the rest of the country.
What is one review of your book that touched you positively?
“Gene Stowe has given us a vivid portrait of a time that is poorly understood in America. This is a fascinating and well-told story, specific and focused, that makes a larger point. It has a fresh and original feel, and it adds another dimension of understanding to the troubled racial history of the South.”
He’s currently working on a few new books and they sound amazing as well.
“Alta: Ms. Chrapliwy and ‘Battle Uniroyal,’ 1969-1982, the story of a woman who led a class action gender discrimination lawsuit in Mishawka, Ind., and won a significant settlement from the company. “Finding Mama,” the true story of Paducah, Kentucky’s first African-American firefighter who discovered as an adult that his birth mother (not his father’s wife who raised him) was the daughter of the prominent African-American Oakes family from Yazoo City, Miss
Something interesting you all should know is that Gene is working with a top-tier production company to create a documentary of Inherit The Land. He has collected more than 100 historical images for this project to come to life.
I encourage you all to purchase this book today and to learn more about this great story.
Now imagine if every black family was given land to start accumulating wealth in this country.
You can purchase the book today at the link below.
Book Link: http://bit.ly/inherittheland
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Documentary Trailer: https://youtu.be/jgD7V2fXr-k