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Panhandle Dreams Gwen Parker Ames

Panhandle Dreams

Gwen Parker Ames

Published August 14th 2002
ISBN : 9780595234738
Paperback
360 pages
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Martin Luther King Jr.Âs powerful ÂI Have a Dream speech gained greater notoriety after his untimely death in the sixties. Millions of black Americans were motivated to grab a piece of KingÂs dream despite not knowing how to make it a reality. MoreMartin Luther King Jr.Âs powerful “I Have a Dream” speech gained greater notoriety after his untimely death in the sixties. Millions of black Americans were motivated to grab a piece of KingÂs dream despite not knowing how to make it a reality. Panhandle Dreams paraphrases KingÂs speeches to illuminate the complexities of a societyÂs movement toward tolerance and ultimately equality. The story told through the writings of twelve-year-old Indigo Douglas is set in racially segregated Tallahassee, Florida the day after the news of KingÂs assassination came across the radio waves. IndigoÂs parents reaction to KingÂs death causes her to look beyond the world of her closeÂ-knit colored community to examine the lives of whites for the first time. Her examination begins with the affluent Whittner family who is her Aunt SadieÂs employer. As the nation grieves, deeply held family secrets are revealed and trigger chaos within the Douglas and Whittner families forcing them to see their commonality as well as their differences. The conflicts erupting out of issues of fear, racial identity and power in this “coming of age story” become the canvass for sketching a portrait of KingÂs dream.