FAITHFUL SERVANTS: Rescue from the Rebellion takes place in post-1967 rebellion America. The country was in turmoil after deadly uprisings in 160 cities over a four-year period. Nationwide unrest created the need for a comprehensive report from a commission appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, to study the causes of societal breakdown, racial tensions, and riots.
High school star athlete, Nehemiah Garvey, and his nationally celebrated basketball coach, Mickey Marcus, embark on a mission to save the image of the predominantly black city they love. Their aggressive tactics, however, help to escalate discontent between Americans of African descent and Jewish Americans who share a brotherhood, with resentments that last for more than forty years, recalibrating the arc of black history.
The disappearance of Nehemiah’s activist father fuels an investigation by the federal government into police brutality, and at the same time a sexual assault is the subject of a media firestorm that reveals sinister motives of a political icon.
Mostly, Faithful Servants is a story of how family, friendships, and faith, bring a disparate community together after decades of separation. Unlike other writers who document American history of the 1960s, Marc Curtis Little—much like fellow Newarker and Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Roth—offers a unique perspective of the era. Little combines historical context with an unconventional narrative that includes spirituality, making any reader an eyewitness to the decade called ‘the sixties’, which shaped America like no other.