The Road from Money, The Journey Continues Estella arrives in Chicago, during the Great Migration north for millions of African Americans. She leaves behind the Jim Crow South and the cotton fields of Money, Mississippi; to the promise of a better life in the north. Seeing the vast difference between a big city and a small rural town, with her family’s help she settles in to find new friends, romance and employment during World War II. She soon realizes that racism is not just in the south, it exists everywhere. Like thousands before her migrating north, her strength of character and perseverance paves the way for her success and enduring spirit. Set in the backdrop of Chicago’s Bronzeville community, the Harlem of Chicago, during the years of 1937 through 1955; the reader will feel the beat of the city’s night clubs on South Park Avenue, the sound of church choirs, the dangers of a big city, and the emotions of a nation at war. Estella experiences the coming of the television age and the beginning of the civil rights movement. She finds love, discrimination and opportunities. They live and work together to overcome the obstacles placed before them.
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Sylvester Boyd Jr. is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He received an Associate in Arts Degree/Kennedy King College, and A Bachelor of Arts degree from Chicago State University in geography, with a minor in history. During the ‘70s, he worked for American Airlines as an airline employee. For over 20 years, he owned/operated an advertising business. Being semi-retired, he worked as a substitute teacher for Chicago Public Schools and currently enjoys working as a background actor in a variety of movies and TV series, such as The Dilemma, Transformers 3, Batman, Empire, Chicago PD, Shameless, Chicago Med and Chicago Fire. In addition, he is also a world traveler and motivational speaker.
In 2014, he published his first novel, The Road from Money — 1925 to 1937, is based on the true stories told to him by several family members raised in Money, Mississippi. He has woven both fact and fiction into a dynamic portrayal of historical events of the era; including music, inventions and the journey of a young Negro girl and her family living under the trying times of Jim Crow in the South. The first book in the series received a 5-star Award from Reader’s Favorite. The second book in The Road from Money trilogy was released in November 2017. The story continues in Chicago’s Bronzville community – 1937 to 1955.