Just as our ancestors have paid debts with their sorrows and sweat so that we may live and prosper, so too have many people metaphorically bought this book.
I am particularly appreciative of the support given me by my husband, Lucius M. Guillory, who is a brilliant thinker and who challenged me to go beyond the obvious, the mundane. He never allowed me to become complacent or to think that I had explored deeply enough. Many were the nights when he stayed awake with me when I wanted to go to bed or, better yet, run away to the land of the Lotus Eaters.
I cannot forget the encouragement given me by my parents, Marjorie and Leo Brown, particularly by my mother who every week asked me, "How is the book coming? How many chapters to go?" Bless her heart. I am grateful for the support given me by my 7 brothers and sisters.
I am especially thankful to the United Negro College Fund for the grant that allowed me a year's leave from Dillard University to work on this manuscript. I must not forget that it was the president and vice president for academic affairs at Dillard University, Dr. Samuel Dubois Cook and Dr. Elton C. Harrison, respectively, who recommended me for the grant and who over the years have enthusiastically supported my research, creative writing, and play productions.
Dr. Harrison's incisive thinking and perseverance served as an inspiration to me as I wrote this manuscript. The man is a genius-general.
There are many people who lovingly edited and offered suggestions about