The King of Colored Town by Darryl Wimberley

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There are good people and bad on both sides of the tracks that divide Laureate from 'Colored Town'. Our instruction in that hard truth comes as we follow two African-American teens, Cilla Handsom and Joe Billy King, as they endure the backlash resulting from the integration of their segregated school with the all-white school run by Lafayette County's all-white school board. The issue of the education of Laureate's children will expose hatreds on both sides of the color divide. Cilla will emerge from her ordeal carrying scars and grace to become a widely traveled classical musician. Joe Billy will be found hanging from the bars of his cell in a Florida penitentiary. Their moving, intertwined dramas put courage, cowardice, loyalty and betrayal side by side in an eloquent, evocative narrative where the demons and angels of a time and place are portrayed in black and white.
 

About Darryl Wimberley

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Darryl Wimberley has authored two critically acclaimed literary works, A Tinker's Damn and The King of Colored Town, along with the Gulf Coast noir series featuring Special Agent Barrett Raines: A Rock and Hard Place, Dead Man's Bay, Strawman's Hammock, and Pepperfish Keys.
 
Published August 4, 2011 by AmazonEncore. 367 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sheriff Jackson gets Joe Billy off the hook in exchange for his testimony, but the incident sparks a racial war that ends in acts of horrendous violence against both Joe Billy and Cilla, who has just won a college scholarship to study music.

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He discovers Cilla's gift for music and enlists the help of a teacher to secure Cilla access to music lessons and instruments.

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In the steamy, small-town 1960s Florida of Darryl Wimberley's The King of Colored Town, two black teens become unlikely lovers.

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