Archive for November, 2013

Remembering November 22, 1963

November 21, 2013

50 years ago tomorrow: Memphis TN, 3rd grade at Wisconsin Avenue Elementary School, Ms Wilson was my teacher. We had just returned from lunch when another teacher, Mrs Smith, ran into our classroom and said, “There’s something on the radio about the president being shot.”

Of course, this raised a bit of a ruckus in the room and because my mother was the school secretary, Ms Wilson sent me downstairs to the office to see what was going on.

I distinctly remember my mother and the principal standing there in the outer office, tears running down their faces as we heard the news over the radio that President Kennedy had been killed in Dallas.

I went back to my classroom and told Ms Wilson what I’d heard. She and Mrs Smith both burst into tears and so did some of the children, mainly because our teachers were crying at the news.

Frankly, the rest of the weekend is a blur. I remember more about all the news coverage and ceremonies because I’ve seen the TV clips and news articles so many time.

What I do recall is being at my grandparents’ home most of that weekend and the TV pretty much being on all the time and Walter Cronkite being the voice I heard the most throughout it and the profound sadness my parents and grandparents exhibited. After all, it had just been a few months after the four little girls had been killed in the Birmingham church bombing and Medgar Evers had been murdered in front of his family and the South was on edge.


“The Reunion – A Novel” is coming!

November 2, 2013

The Reunion Front Cover

The Reunion – A Novel
By Charles L. Freeman, Jr.
Available @ 11/12/13
Paperback and Kindle
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