THAT CHANGED EVERTHING…for me.
Ann Fairbairn wrote a book in the early 1960’s called Five Smooth Stones. The stones were symbolic of the five stones that David used to kill the giant in the Biblical tale. In the Fairbairn novel the David was an African American boy that grew up to fall in love with a white girl. I read the book as my young children were crawling beneath my feet. I was raised in a small town in eastern Oregon, never new a person of color personally and certainly had no idea about the life in a small southern community where slavery was much closer than it should have been. It changed my whole perception of what life was truly like for the typical southern black family. The Paperback version had this to say:
This gripping bestseller, first published in 1966, has continued to captivate readers with its wide-ranging yet intimate portrait of an America sundered by racial conflict. David Champlin is a black man born into poverty in Depression-era New Orleans who makes his way up the ladder of success, only to sacrifice everything to lead his people in the civil rights movement. Sara Kent is the white girl who loves David from the moment she first sees him, and who struggles against his belief that a marriage for them would be wrong in the violent world he has to confront. And the “five smooth stones” are those the biblical David carried against Goliath. By the time this novel comes to its climax of horror, bloodshed, and hope, readers will be convinced that its enduring popularity is fully justified.
–This text refers to the Paperback edition.