Ellen Levine. Lawrence Hill. New York. Trident Media Group. 2006-2009. October 25, 2012.
Lawrence Hill is the son of a black father and a white mother. Hill speaks three different languages English, French, and Spanish. He was born in Ontario in 1957 and has worked all over Canada. Hill’s parents moved to Canada in 1953, the day after in which they were married. Hill’s grandfather and great grandfather both were ministers of an African Church. His mother became a civil rights activist in D.C, when she finished college. Hill was influenced by his mother and his father by them working in the human rights movement. Hill joined a movement like his parents, it wasn’t the same as his parents but it had the same purpose, he is a member of the Black Loyalist Heritage Society. He was a volunteer in West Africa countries Niger, Cameroon, and Mali. Hill started doing most of his writing in the 1990’s. Most of his writing is wrapped around the fact of people losing their rights and their identity. In 2012 Hill was represented with The Medal of Distinction from Huron University Collage, and the Freedom to Read Award from the Writers Union of Canada. In 2005 Hill also won the American Wilbur Award for best national television documentary. Lawrence hills life style ties into my novel by the way he was raised. Coming from a black father and a white mother made life harder for Hill because interracial couples were frowned upon back then. Coming from that Hill has a bit of insight on the lifestyle his mother and father had once they married. In “The Book of Negroes” a black women and men are taken from their cultural home and sold as slaves. He tells the life of a girl stolen from her family, and she had to see her mother being killed. Everyone in Hill’s family history has had something to do with standing up from equal rights, and in the book not every society member is being treated the same. Whites have a higher society power because all the blacks are coming over seas...
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