American Boomer Generation of the 1960s Experience the life of a White Freedom Rider, traveling through segregated Mississippi - a Black man Quarterbacking an NFL football team, and a fiery Black Politician of a major American city.
An impossible journey, yet lived by one man, and more. Michael's steamy interracial romance haunts him as he overcomes each hurdle. This is quintessential episodic drama of the American Boomer Generation; 'the way we were.' I am a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the University of California at Los Angeles.
I wrote a screenplay at the City College of Los Angeles, under the direction of professor Tom Stempel, called “The Last Spring.” I then carried this script to UCLA and to USC where I adapted it into a novel called “Boomer.” Along the way, I found the premise of my story was this: “Within racially Segregated America, a great love defies even death.”
Boomer was rejected by Hollywood producers and mainstream New York book editors, but I found an overseas editor of a popular Fine Arts magazine (‘Yareah’) in Madrid, Spain, who offered to publish weekly excerpts of Boomer over a two-year period.
Attached are reviews from an audience of readers. In 2015, I entered this story in an American Library Association contest and it was awarded the top read novel in the state of Ohio collection of fiction books.
This year, 2020, I was awarded an Emmy television Nomination for the portrayal of a Writer who has struggled to get his work recognised by a larger American audience.
The 60s political landscape, beset with prejudice and segregation, will be painfully familiar to those who have lived through the era. In this lyrical and heartfelt text, Dewey E Chester chronicles the American freedom movement as witnesed by Michael Stahr, a young black student whose love for a white girl ends in tragedy. In this powerful and eloquent narrative we read of the Freedom Rider's struggle against racial injustice. As recent events show, America remains divided. Chester's testimony of the road well-travelled is a timely reminder that the struggle for social justice must endure.
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