had Church’s “One Black Man: Growing Up” is a poignant memoir that explores the experiences of his lifelong friendship with John, highlighting the impact of race on their friendship from the seventies to the eighties, and the inequities experienced.
CARY, NC, September 03, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — In a heartfelt letter addressed to his dear friend John, Chad Church embarks on a profound and introspective journey through the cherished memories of their lifelong friendship. Titled “One Black Man: Growing Up”, this poignant correspondence captures the essence of their shared experiences, the joys, the struggles, and the profound impact they had on one another. The book delves into the impact race played on, and around the boy’s friendship during the seventies, into the eighties. Church weighs the inequities and equities experienced subtly throughout their childhood and into adolescence. It’s an eyeopening glimpse into how experience can be so similar, yet colored by the color of one’s skin.
Painting a vivid picture of their youth, where Chad and John roamed the beaten paths together, immersed in the beauty of nature, there is a cinematic quality of the images conjured up in the imagination. From picking milkweed buds to leaping into the currents of the North River, their adventures were filled with youthful exuberance and a sense of boundless possibility. They stoked their spirits with campfires, engaged in passionate debates, and shared their hopes and dreams for the future, firmly believing they would walk life’s paths together until old age.
However, tragedy struck, and John’s untimely departure from the physical plane left Chad devastated. The pain of his loss threatened to consume him, but he found solace in honoring their shared plans, recognizing that fulfilling their aspirations was a testament to their friendship and John’s enduring legacy.
Throughout the years, Chad encountered various friendships, seeking to recreate the unique bond he had with John. But none could compare to the depth and authenticity they shared. Their friendship taught Chad to distinguish between genuine connections and superficial alliances based on needs and convenience. He expresses his gratitude for the profound wisdom imparted by their friendship, a compass that guided him through the complexities of human relationships. As Chad aged, his search for the true meaning of life led him on a winding path, far from home, yet ultimately bringing him back to his roots. He discovered that while the need for familiarity had diminished, the comfort and truth of his childhood home remained steadfast. In this introspective phase, Chad feels compelled to reconnect with John, sharing the wisdom gained from their intertwined journeys.
With the intention of preserving their lifelong bond, Chad invites John to embark on a new adventure through his words. He desires to share the significant moments, the triumphs, and the tribulations, ensuring that John is present for the stories that have unfolded since his passing. From exotic locations to philosophical contemplations, Church’s oratorical perspective promises to immerse John in the rich tapestry of his experiences.
Chad concludes his book with a profound realization – John had always been and would forever be his best friend. With this newfound understanding, their lifelong adventures are reignited, and Chad invites readers to join him as he retraces the footsteps of their extraordinary friendship.
Chad Church’s book, “One Black Man: Growing Up”, is a must-read for anyone who wants to better understand the black experience in America and the world. Through the power of storytelling, the author has created a compelling narrative that challenges readers to think deeply about their beliefs and biases. By reading this book, readers can become better allies to their black friends and colleagues and help create a more just and equitable society for all people. The book will soon be available on Amazon, Kindle, and other e-book platforms.
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