A Family Gathering
by Gene Cartwright
Pulitzer Prize Nominee 2007
It was 1974....the South. She was 12; he was 16.
She was the daughter of a poor black, south Baptist minister. He was a son of the state's wealthiest white family. What happened on a day in May ended her first life. His was unaffected until 14 years of her painful exile; a vicious murder; a display of arrogance and power; an unexpected visitor, and ‘A Family Gathering.