Faithful Servants: Rescue from the Rebellion is a novel that depicts the aftermath of the urban violence that occurred in more than 150 cities in the United States during the mid-1960s. The overwhelming turmoil 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. Scores of residents in the rebellion-torn communities—plagued by police brutality, unequal educational opportunities, economic deprivation, and governmental malfeasance—worked to clean up their immediate surroundings.
High school basketball superstar Nehemiah Garvey and his nationally celebrated coach Mickey Marcus want to do the same in their predominantly African American city. Their aggressive tactics, however, create discontent within Garvey’s large circle of friends and among many Jewish associates of Marcus, which disrupts a long-standing, yet complicated brotherhood. The novel portrays the work of Garvey and Marcus to stem the resentments between the two groups that lasted for more than forty years.
The seeds of Faithful Servants are planted in the territory of the Great Migration, a period of time—1915 through 1965 by some estimates—when six million African Americans left the rural Southern United States to find solace in the Northeast, Midwest and West. By combining historical context with an unconventional progressive narrative that brings family ties, spirituality and real-time relevance into focus, Marc Curtis Little makes any reader an eyewitness to the decade called ‘The Sixties’; ten years which shaped America like no other.