Sidibe the African Maroon

by Carolyn J. Sweets



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/13/2024

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 40
ISBN : 9781663258885
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 40
ISBN : 9781663258892

About the Book

I heard these words from a charming and wise brilliant actress Viola Davis whom I admire immensely; “Let us exhume the bones of the dead and tell their stories….” that touched my heart, so I decided to heed her words and penned this story for young children to read or read to them in hopes it would kindle a spark of fire in their quest to learn about the dehumanizing tragedy of slavery as free labor in Southern States and to compare enslaved humans with animals enjoying their freedom in Africa. Knowing truths according to biblical scripture, St. John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” knowing truths should be the first step in gaining knowledge and aligning oneself with facts. It was my challenge in this children’s book not only to cultivate awareness about slavery being unjust but prompt readers’ journey to seek the truth about slavery and be able to formulate their narrative. Paraphrasing the scripture Philippians 4:8, true freedom comes from knowing things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of excellent report only if a mind is morally sound and can honor a living God. There is no shame in knowing truths. Only to accept the knowledge and, with a grateful heart, right the wrong thru deeds of love and kindness. The Declaration of Independence declares, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” This is the uniform standard ideal our forefathers put in place for Americans to adopt and should live. The practice of slavery was in place before the adoption of the Constitution and was a part of the social wealth system that made it almost impossible to change. Today let us all stand to right the wrong thru our deeds of love and kindness and know that any form of denying a person true liberty is wrong.

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