The Black and White House by Robert James Bridge
In the 1950s, born to a poor family, Joshua Jenks is a black man who rises to the challenge of becoming a Senator for Memphis. Privileged to be taken under the wings of Sam McLeod, the patriarch of a rich white family for whom his family worked under, he is given an education the envy of many of his friends and peers.
His dreams though puts him directly in the line of racism even as he confronts the world of politics and power. Terrorism and its threats play a huge role in his line of work as a Middle East advisor with direct access to the President himself.
Jenks’ story takes its readers on a journey as it weaves in and out of suspense and intrigue.
PUBLISHER: Blazing Heart Publishing
RELEASE DATE: January 3, 2020
GENRE: Mainstream Historical Romance
WORD COUNT: 24,559 words
“God,” I said to Jilly, “I don’t know where your father and mother get there energy from, they have not stopped dancing all night?”
Jilly had a sly grin on her face as she replied, “Let’s hope they have handed some of the energy down to me.” I was unable to refuse as she led me towards the staircase.
It was now the beginning of December and Jilly was about to have our baby. The snow had been falling as I placed the book I had been reading down. I held her hand at four in the morning in the hospital room on the fourth of December 1974 Daniel Mark Jenks came into the world screaming his tiny head off.
As her folks arrived the nurse said, “Now not too much excitement please.” she had been with us for nine months, so we were not about to argue.
Sam kissed his daughter and shook my hand as he said, “My first grandson Josh, well done the two of you.”
Not long after the arrival of our son, Sam mentioned a local Senator by the name of Jed Harmon who had decided at the age of seventy-five it was time to do some fishing and retire from politics. A local white lawyer named Dick J. Jones was mentioned as his replacement and of course our town was abuzz with the news, since Senator Harmon was leaving a wonderful legacy.
Sam took me by surprise as he said, “How about you running for the job, Josh?”
When I stopped laughing I said, “You are of course joking, Sam.”
To which he replied, “Nope. I ain’t joking son, it’s about time we had a black man for a Senator and you my son, fit the bill.”
I thought not so much son, but son-in-law.
Jilly was also laughing as she said, “Daddy, you are joking. You know Josh would have no chance and he would become the laughing stock. They want a man of the people, for the people and that Jones guy is a very likeable guy.”
“That’s it.” Sam replied, “That’s your slogan, ‘A Man of the People, for the People.’”