Holland O. Parran Jr. has written this book for his mother in hopes that it will bring their family back together. Parran scoured old newspapers and has spoken with librarians across the South to find out more about his grandfather’s, his mother’s father, departure from the city in which he lived. Passed down from family member to family member, and then finally to Parran, he wrote Lessons of Freedom to pay homage to his grandfather’s story. The biggest lesson readers could take away from his book is that “There were good people of all colors and that includes Red. We could love each other then, we can love each other now.”
Parran currently lives and writes in Aurora, Colorado.