Over the years, people have asked how I spend my spare time.
What are your hobbies? they ask.
I write, I reply.
They seem dumbfounded by that reply, which, Im sure, makes me seem boring.
Im currently writing a memoir for Simon & Schuster titled Race Against Time that explores the prosecution of these unpunished killings from the civil rights era.
Before starting my book, my co-writer Mike Roden and I had finished three screenplays. The first was a fictional dark comedy called Famine. The third was an adaptation of Martin Clarks novel, The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living.
The second script, which has already been through a number of rewrites, could wind up on the big screen. Titled Till, its based on the 1955 murder of Emmett Till. The main character of the story is NAACP leader Medgar Evers, who investigated that killing as well as many others during the civil rights movement.
Mike said the story of Emmett Till is one that needs to be told to present and future generations, not just because of its tragedy, of mans inhumanity to another based on race, or of the terrible injustice that came from the killers going free, but also because of what transpired as a result of this tragedy and this injustice — it inspired others to change things for the better.
Writing still possesses the power to change lives.