“Up From the Pit’’ is a semi-fictional, serious, realistic and sometimes humorous work intended for adult readers.
The substance of this manuscript depicts the life of a young Black male and his rise from the deprivation of a ghetto existence to the zenith of personal, emotional and spiritual triumph.
The protagonist is portrayed as a sensitive, strong and intelligent Black male, who has developed a burning desire to escape the bondage of mental slavery. This driven soul makes the journey from a pathetic, decadent ghetto existence to a place in the sun.
The journey from the abyss to a mental and emotional zenith would be played out during a time in America when racial abomination was systemic and of epidemic proportions. The debilitating forces of ghetto existence are vividly displayed.
“Up From The Pit’’ is also a meaningful work connecting love, hope, faith and redemption. It illuminates personal and spiritual growth. It also depicts personal relationships and how they are inextricably bonding in the overall scheme of life.
The work reflects on the social, national and international events of the times. There is a look at the personalities who influenced the times and course of history in America. There, too, is a glimpse at Black university life in the middle and late 1950s.
Above all, “Up From The Pit’’ is an educational work involving people, their lives, aspirations, tribulations, determination, faith and destinies.
Succinctly stated, “Up From The Pit’’ is a candid look at the human spirit, its struggle and will to excel in the face of overwhelming adversity.