Signed books by local authors make great holiday gifts! Take advantage of this opportunity to meet author Michael Cameron Ward and get signed copies of his two books.
In the summer of 1957, the Ward family moved from Brooklyn, New York to Lee, New Hampshire to escape gang violence. It was an era when racial tensions were high and they were the first “colored family” in the area. Needless to say, over the years they encountered many interesting experiences and created a storied life. They also became respected members of the community, led by parents, Harold and Virginia Ward, a couple with strong convictions and compassion.
Harold, Michael Cameron Ward’s 94-year-old father, was hospitalized in the beginning of May 2015 with only weeks to live. On May 20th he made a request of his son: “Michael, I want you to write the stories of our existence. I want my great grandchildren to know where they came from.”
Then, as Michael sat beside his father’s bed on the 4th floor at Exeter Hospital, his father recounted stories of his life that had never been told before. If not captured, they would be lost forever. On June 9th, 2015 Harold died, and Michael has been fulfilling his father’s request ever since.
The Sketches of Lee collection is not just the tale of a family’s relocation in the summer of 1957 from Brooklyn, NY to Lee, NH. It’s also a chronicle of family life as the “Index of Integration” for Lee and other New Hampshire towns.
The Colored Folks Ain't Gonna Make It continues Michael Cameron Ward's fulfillment of his father Harold's dying request. It's a window into a family's existence as the "Index of Integration" in rural New Hampshire from the late '50s until the present time. Michael's recollections are powerful and precise. The events recounted span the full range of emotion and thought. They will make you laugh, cry, angry and thankful; sometimes all within the same story. But above all, his stories will make you reflect on the commonality of human experience. The Colored Folks Ain't Gonna Make It is volume 2 in the Sketches of Lee series.