Butterflies in Bronzeville

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The story takes place in 1962 Chicago, a time of innocence, before the turbulence of the sixties would literally change the world.

The characters are best friends from the Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago's south side. They are all typical youngsters, wild, carefree, and full of hope, and promise. It is a coming of age tale that moves with poetry and rhythm, engaging the reader to have fun with all the characters as they explore life, with no fear, believing they can do anything.

The city of Chicago is known for many things, both good and bad, but it is also a city of neighborhoods. Set on the city's south side, A community equal to Harlem, New York in African American pride and culture, is the setting of this story. Bronzeville. It was a magical place--a true source of pride for the African American community. It was a cool, hip, beautiful place where being Black and proud was normal. Important people lived there, like civil rights leader Ida B. Wells, aviator Bessie Coleman, trumpeter and jazz great Louis Armstrong, poet Gwendolyn Brooks, novelist Richard Wright, playwright, Lorraine Hansberry, the late Ebony founder and publisher, John H. Johnson, to name a few, and blues greats Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Buddy Guy. There were doctors, lawyers, politicians, athletes, academics, and other notables who called Bronzeville home. Bronzeville was the center of Black Metropolis in Chicago. It was a place where you could get a shoe shine and then go next door for a doctor's appointment. Hard working middle class Black folks rubbed shoulders with the creme de la creme of the Black Elite. Butterflies in Bronzeville is a "feel good" story about true love and lifelong friendship. It's the first book of a planned sequel. Gwynette Burgess, and Gwynette's best friend, Bonita "Bunny" Thompson are the butterflies in this tale; each transforming everyone they encounter.

The inspiration for this story? I grew up in Chicago and had many great experiences and adventures. I moved to Georgia in 2004--and became terribly homesick. The only thing that cured me was writing this book to remind me of where my heart really was. It made me happy again.

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Butterflies in Bronzeville

Submitted: May 18, 2014

The story takes place in 1962 Chicago, a time of innocence, before the turbulence of the sixties would literally change the world.

The characters are best friends from the Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago's south side. They are all typical youngsters, wild, carefree, and full of hope, and promise. It is a coming of age tale that moves with poetry and rhythm, engaging the reader to have fun with all the characters as they explore life, with no fear, believing they can do anything.

The city of Chicago is known for many things, both good and bad, but it is also a city of neighborhoods. Set on the city's south side, A community equal to Harlem, New York in African American pride and culture, is the setting of this story. Bronzeville. It was a magical place--a true source of pride for the African American community. It was a cool, hip, beautiful place where being Black and proud was normal. Important people lived there, like civil rights leader Ida B. Wells, aviator Bessie Coleman, trumpeter and jazz great Louis Armstrong, poet Gwendolyn Brooks, novelist Richard Wright, playwright, Lorraine Hansberry, the late Ebony founder and publisher, John H. Johnson, to name a few, and blues greats Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Buddy Guy. There were doctors, lawyers, politicians, athletes, academics, and other notables who called Bronzeville home. Bronzeville was the center of Black Metropolis in Chicago. It was a place where you could get a shoe shine and then go next door for a doctor's appointment. Hard working middle class Black folks rubbed shoulders with the creme de la creme of the Black Elite. Butterflies in Bronzeville is a "feel good" story about true love and lifelong friendship. It's the first book of a planned sequel. Gwynette Burgess, and Gwynette's best friend, Bonita "Bunny" Thompson are the butterflies in this tale; each transforming everyone they encounter.

The inspiration for this story? I grew up in Chicago and had many great experiences and adventures. I moved to Georgia in 2004--and became terribly homesick. The only thing that cured me was writing this book to remind me of where my heart really was. It made me happy again. Read Chapter