A Life Less Lived: The Life of C.E. Madison: Racial Divide, Bonds of Friendship

| February 8, 2017

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When C. E. Madison set fire to the guest house, which was owned by his mother’s boss on the plantation they lived on, it was an act of hate-fueled violence that was to have unforeseen consequences.
His mother, downtrodden and abused, had also been inside the building at the time and perished in the flames, while his brother lost his life in the attempt to save her.
Wracked by an overwhelming guilt he drifted, with nothing but the negatives in life for company. Crime and drugs were a constant feature and his hatred continued in tandem with a racism which could not be abated.
With only a love for painting as the sole comfort in his life, an event took place in 2001, which was to change his outlook in a way that he found surprising and almost impossible to quantify. On a New Orleans street, he saves the wealthy Jonathan, from a beating from a gang of vicious thugs.
Suddenly there is something other than the hatred that had filled his life, as the unlikely pair form a close friendship, despite their racial and social differences, enduring even after Jonathan is accepted on a football scholarship.
But when Hurricane Katrina arrives in 2005, it leaves a trail of devastation in its wake like nothing before. As Jonathan returns to the city, in a desperate search for his friend, what he will find is the redemption of a man who had at one time believed he was lost forever.

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