In April 1943, war correspondent Jack Savoy boards a troop ship at Hampton Roads bound for somewhere in North Africa. Below deck, he finds soldiers going in harm's way separated by color--and chicken wire fencing. Overseas, Jack imbeds with segregated air, artillery, transportation and infantry units from Casablanca to the outskirts of Berlin.
Before joining a weekly newspaper published by civil rights activists, Jack had been the only Negro reporter to write for a metropolitan daily. Detractors question the Noir Canadien's commitment to desegregation. His most vocal critic is Lt. Rachal Todd, who--despite the Army's stringent quota on colored nurses--attends wounded buffalo soldiers on segregated battlefields.
Color Inside the Lines is inspired by a few dozen WWII correspondents deployed overseas by the Pittsburg Courier, the Baltimore Afro American, the Chicago Defender and the Norfolk Journal and Guide. A few publishers were charged with sedition for noting the irony of sending a Jim Crow army to liberate Europe. Still, they ensured that the first drafts of history written about the Greatest Generation included 900,000 Tanned Yanks who wore the uniform.
For three active seniors in the DMV, retirement merely opens new windows of opportunity for professional and personal growth.
April Harris Vick's protagonist, streetwise August Caesar, just wants to sell his small company and retire—for the third time. Then,his mentor insists on drafting him for political office. Detractors emerge from the shadows but hide in plain sight, certain that conjuring up ghosts from AC's checkered past will derail his candidacy.