Author Robert Scott Jones Unveils a Unique Portrait of Life in the Segregated South

By |  July 24, 2012

Robert Scott Jones

"Joy in the Morning, Part One: Early Rays of Sunset” an inspiring historical fiction vividly depicts the story of one family and a journey of a man through life—revealing his views, adventures and experiences in a quest to make a difference.

Joy in the Morning, Part One: Early Rays of Sunset by author Robert Scott Jones follows the life for the main character, Daniel Howard, which begins with his birth in New Orleans in 1902. His father is a prominent Methodist preacher from a successful and influential Creole family-“the Howards.” The family motto is, “work, save, educate.” His paternal grandmother, Grandma Howard, chiefly commands the Howard family business interest. She is extremely color conscious, preferring the lighter hue and Creole heritage. His maternal grandmother, “Nana”, heads the maternal side of his family. Nana is a widow and illiterate and resides in a tin roofed former slave cabin outside of New Orleans. She is an extremely religious woman and ekes out a meager living as a maid. She still grieves for her son, Lester, who was dragged from her cabin one dark night and lynched.

In his pre–teen years, Daniel Howard is often in trouble for being sighted on Bourbon or Basin Streets tap dancing and yearning to play the piano in the blues clubs and juke joints. Through his lens the reader is introduced to his view of New Orleans to include, the lively scenes in the French Quarters; Mardi Gras; Voodoo; Congo Square; and, life in a vibrant port city among many other experiences.

After graduating from college, he is recruited to teach in a small-impoverished town in the Mississippi Delta where despite his hopes and desire to make a difference by teaching confidence building values to poor children, hardships and humiliations await him and his new bride, Miss Emma.

Filled with unforgettable memories, historical references and various experiences that share life lessons, this book brings inspiration and hope for those who enjoy stories of triumph despite conflicts and tragedies. Jones’ pages bring enlightenment for readers to help them to understand their roots, their family and their dreams.

Robert Scott Jones is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. He spent a great deal of his youth collecting in his mind the oral histories of African-Americans who had relocated to California during the “Great Black Migration.” Many of his characters are composites formed by those stories. Later in life, he was greatly impacted by a visit to impoverished “Sugar Ditch” in Tunica, Mississippi. He holds a B.A. in History, with a minor in  Black Studies from Delaware State College and a M.A. in Political Science form Villanova University.

JOY In The MORNING * by Robert Scott Jones
Part One: Early Rays of Sunset
Publication Date: June 29, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 333 pages; 978-1-4691-7138-8
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 333 pages; 978-1-4691-7139-5

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