|Keshia Thomas (L) shown with Karen Simpson (R) at the University of Michigan in March, 2013.|
With nothing but a picture and a few paragraphs I started on my writing journey. I used my imagination to contemplate how much courage it would take to shield someone who is full of hate. My novel, Act of Grace developed into a paranormal, speculative fiction taking on race relations in America.
Although my novel departed from the original story, I still often wondered about what happened to Keshia. March of this year I was able to help bring Keshia to the University of Michigan to speak about her experience via the Understanding Race Project. I was over the moon to finally meet her and grateful for the experience.
I was elated this week to see Keshia and the wonderful photographer who took those historic photos, Thomas and Mark Brunner spark positive thoughts about race relations across the globe.
Please take time to read about Keshia and her wonderful act of bravery.