The Emancipation of Evan Walls
“The Emancipation of Evan Walls is one of the most sensitively told, yet brutally honest reflections on race and identity in recent history.” Jonathan Odell
Evan Walls is terrified by the birth of his first child because he doesn’t want her to suffer the isolation he had as a child. Seeing his torment, his wife, Izzy, prods him to explain. He tells of being a black child growing up in the racially charged 1960s. Inspired to overcome the racism and class status imposed on blacks, he dreams of a life bigger than that lived by most everyone he knowns. He is resented by friends and family for desiring a life better than theirs. Among the smartest in his class, Evan becomes a target of white kids threatened by the forced integration of their school. Only the love of his great grandmother; Mama Jennie, and his mentor, Bojack keeps him on track.