In the grim situation the family is placed in, se is frustrated thinking whether their future also will be as bleak like hers. Hr motherly affection was showing and even in those grim surroundings, se arranged for a birthday party for her child Lafeyette Rivers. Mthers looked after their homes but they were helpless about the atmosphere outside that was full of negativities as the codes of the street were rather inhuman. ‘od sees the truth but long is the man to wait? ‘his seems to be the predicament the people who were part of the ‘The Great Black Migration’ to the choice cities of America in the 1940s.
Te American Dream did not bring cheer to the poor African American families. A intense study of the photograph of 10-year old Lafeyette Rivers, amember of the family residing at Henry Horner Homes, oe of Chicago’s ill-managed public housing schemes reveals the uns0eakable. Ktlowitz writes, Lfeyette stood in a dark hallway of his building. H was wearing a striped tank top, bggy jeans, ad a Kangol cap that was big for him; hs high-tops were untied.
I his hands was what appeared to be a baseball? Ad yet, dspite the youthful attire, h looked like an old man. Tere seemed bottled up inside him a lifetimes worth of horrors” (p. H seems to depict the hurting history of the country. Fr the black families the original problem of the 1940s remains the original problem of the 2014! N reformation, rhabilitation, o legislation seems to have any effect on their lives. T implement imaginative and great legislation, geat men required.
N improvement in the standard of living happened with the Federal programs with the black families in the ghettos. Te so-called schemes for alleviation of poverty remained on papers only. Ktlowitz explains in the book the suffering of the people due to the lack-luster approach by the authorities. His study related to the life of one black family and he covered only two years of their hellish existence and that was perhaps the story of the generations of blacks. The story relates to Lafeyette Rivers and family. Oe but characteristic piece indicates the nature of the contents of the book.
Tat day when he returned from the school his loving mother had made preparations for a unique and unexpected birthday party, wich was never celebrated all these years. A the party was in progress and...
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