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A Novel Set During the Turbulent 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project by
By Rosalie T. Turner

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In the spring of 1964, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) is recruiting white college students to teach in Freedom Schools and encourage Blacks to register to vote in the racial hotbed of Mississippi. At her best friend’s urging, Lenore Rogers, a white student at Barnard College in New York, signs up for the Freedom Summer Project. She is reluctant at first, but ultimately, her belief that segregation is unjust prevails along with her desire to make a difference. While in Ohio for training, Lenore learns what to expect—and how to protect herself—in the Jim Crow South. There she meets Luke, a young Black man working for SNCC. His expressive eyes hold the anger and pain that Black Americans have experienced for generations. When their arms inadvertently touch, she feels an instant, dangerous, spark. Working with archival material and foot soldiers who lived it, Layers of Truth brings to life many of the unsung heroes whose names will never make it into the history textbooks but who nevertheless put their lives on the line for the sake of true equality for Black Americans. Includes Readers Guide.

On the cover: Street scene, Sunflower County, Mississippi, 1964

Rosalie Turner’s passion is sharing Civil Rights Movement history, and she has been a guest lecturer in schools, universities, and museums. She and her husband, as volunteers, lead week-long university and church tours to iconic civil rights places in Alabama and Mississippi, states in which they have lived. An endowed professorship at Texas A & M University-Commerce was named in their honor for their work in Race and Reconciliation. Turner’s life has been centered around the importance of books and reading. In the several places they have lived, Turner has taught adult literacy, tutored in the schools, and set up summer reading programs in inner-city areas. She received the J.C. Penney Award for her summer reading program in inner-city Jacksonville, Florida. Turner and her husband live in Durham, North Carolina, and are the parents of three sons (the eldest lost to a rare leukemia at age ten) and six grandchildren. Layers of Truth is Rosalie Turner’s fifth historical novel. Her previous novels include Freedom Bound, about former slave Anna Kingsley, which won the Florida First Coast Writers award; Sisters of Valor, the story of the Vietnam War years from a service wife’s point of view, which won the Military Writers of America award; and March With Me, about the 1963 Children’s March in Birmingham, Alabama, which won the IndieFab Book of the Year award and was a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards.

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