Things were changing rapidly in the world around us - and we were absorbing much of it. I want to tell you a story about a group of young, gifted, black boys growing up in the slums of a major industrial city in the U.S. Notwithstanding their social status in neo-slavery America, they had dreams. One of them (in particular) had the wildest dream of all. He believed he could become the mayor of their hometown. It was the summer of 1954 amidst Brown vs. Board of Education in the segregated, southern town of Petersville. Billy Strayhorn, the new kid on the block, had just graduated grammar school and the events of the night would forever change his life. Follow the lives of Teddy "T.C." Chambers, Ronald Jackson, Wiley Fentress, Leonard Marcus, George "Snake" Martin, Demitrius "Meat" Walker and Billy Strayhorn as their world evolves out of the conditions they are facing. Freedom rides, sit-ins, arrests, deployment to Vietnam and law school are just a few of the events that unfold, forever impacting their lives. Power, deception and crime threaten to destroy the influence of each man as this political tale uncovers the realities that contributed to modern Black politics in the United States.
About the Author
From his involvement in a protest for equal employment opportunity in 1963, a tour in Vietnam, working on numerous political campaigns, and 14 years as an elected and appointed official in St. Louis City government, Virvus Jones has experienced the good, the bad and the ugly of big city politics. In his breakthrough novel, Stalking Horse, Virvus uses this experience to provide us with an insider's view of how Black politics evolved in a midwestern city from 1954 to 1974. Virvus was first elected to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen in 1981. He was appointed Assessor in 1986 and was elected Comptroller of the city of St. Louis in 1989. Virvus has been a radio talk show host, wrote a weekly political column and spent 12 years working in commercial real estate before becoming semi-retired in 2012. Since 2012 he has been a campaign consultant for state and local candidates.