Black Butterfly: The Journey - The Victory

Black Butterfly is a compilation of poetry that speaks to the silence of loss, the fight for families, and the love for foster children. It is written from the perspective of a youth in crisis and is a reflection of a survivor's foster care journey. Children, parents, social workers, teachers, and all those who find connection, will find Black Butterfly, a tumultuous journey of faith and hope! More

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About Lorna Jackie Wilson

Lorna Jackie Wilson was born on April 11, 1964, in Detroit, Michigan to Carrie Jean Wilson. Lorna has lived in Michigan most of her life, outside of U.S. Army military enlistment. At the age of four, Lorna was placed in foster care. At the age of 10, she was reunited with her mother and siblings, only to be separated and returned to foster care at the age of 13. Lorna’s journey and related circumstances surrounding foster care placement presented situational experiences that no one should ever have to face. Feeling lost and abandoned, Lorna began to write. Initially, the harsh realities of life spilled into her journals. However, the journals became a testimony to others, illustrating the life of an overcomer. In Lorna’s last and final foster care home, she was placed with Acie Lee Spraddling. Acie Lee Spraddling was the catalyst toward positive change. She was a true advocate for youth, adopting 11 children and taking in 17 foster care children. As a parent, Acie led by example and truly cared for children. She introduced Lorna to Christ and took her to church at nearly every opportunity. Needless to say, Lorna’s journals began to embody faith and hope. Acie made her heavenly transition on July 21, 2015. Her legacy lives on through her children. Lorna’s journey continues as she gives back by speaking to youth about foster care experiences and overcoming obstacles. She has four beautiful children that support her writing and encourage its continuance. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degrees in business education and information technology. In 2013, Lorna entered a national singing competition/fundraiser, sponsored by William Beaumont Hospital. The fundraiser was launched to support Children’s Miracle Network. Lorna was one of the twelve finalists in the competition. In 2015, she started her own business, “Black Butterfly Books LLC.” In addition to Black Butterfly: The Journey, The Victory, Lorna Jackie Wilson is the author of Babygirl: Prequel to Black Butterfly, Game Changers: Power - Control - Deception, and Penny Candy: The Hopscotch Trails.

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Speak to the Silence: A Troubled Teen
"A Troubled Teen," is a poem from Black Butterfly: The Journey, The Victory. It speaks to the silence found difficult to articulate as a teenager. It also speaks to self-esteem and identity loss during transition from home to foster care. This is more than a journey; it is a testimony to those that may identify with the message.

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