An illustrated history of African-American farmers, Homecoming is a requiem for a way of life that has almost disappeared.
Based on the film Homecoming, produced for the Independent Television Service with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The videocassette of Homecoming is available from California Newsreel at www.newsreel.org.
About the Author
When a successful career in the New York City fashion industry ceased to fulfill his dreams, Donn Fleming became a renegade from corporate America and fled to Key West. He opened a boutique on Duval Street and settled into his new life-style. Eventually however, his life-long penchant for telling stories overpowered his entrepreneurial desire and he now focuses on his writing. Donn has also lived in Boston, L.A., Miami, and London and currently splits his time between New England and Southern Florida, happily bartending and passionately writing. He is working on a sequel.
Quinn Eli is a recipient of the 1999 Fellowship in Literature from the Pennsylvania Counil on the Arts. His books include AFRICAN-AMERICAN WISDOM and MANY STRONG AND BEAUTIFUL VOICES, which was selected as an Outstanding Book of 1998 by the New York Public Library. His work is featured in TESTIMONY, an anthology of African-American poetry and prose, and SPEAK MY NAME, both available from Beacon Press. He has taught at Temple University, Bryn Mawr College, and the Community College of Philadelphia.
Homecoming tells a distressing story but delivers an uplifting message. --Jim Hightower
"Revisiting the unbearable hardships encountered by my great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents as they sought to survive the inhuman sharecropping system of the post-Civil War South-a system in many ways more brutal than slavery-my heart breaks again. But reading Homecoming's account of our ancestors' determined humility, obdurate courage, and fierce pride in and love of the land, my heart is healed. I see why there is such a thing as ancestor worship. I could not love my sharecropping ancestors more if I had created them myself. That black Southerners still love nature and revere the earth is the legacy of a people whose innate elegance and dignity was always expressed in essentials." --Alice Walker