EVAN WALLS IS TERRIFIED by the birth of his ﬁrst child
because he doesnâ€™t want her to suffer the isolation he had
as a child. Seeing his torment, his wife, Izzy, prods him to
explain. He tells of being a black child growing up in the
racially charged 1960s. Inspired to overcome the racism and
class status imposed on blacks, he dreams of a life bigger
than that lived by most everyone he knows in the small
Virginia town of Canaan. He is resented by friends and
family for desiring a life better than theirs. Among the
smartest in his class, Evan becomes a target of white kids
threatened by the forced integration of their schools.
Caught in a crossﬁre of hate from whites and his own people,
who question whether he is black enough, Evan is often alone
and bewildered. Only the love of his great grandmother, Mama
Jennie, and his mentor, Bojack, keeps him on track.
Together, they help Evan ﬁnd perspective and peace.