Ken Wooten with ON BEING AFRAID OF THE DARK
Although he claims to have little memory of the incident, an eighty-two-year-old white Mississippi man, while walking in his woods, finds his granddaughter engaging in a sexual encounter with a young, black man. Assuming it is a rape in progress, he shoots the lover. He is charged with a hate crime for murder. Throughout eighteen months of legal proceedings, the accused seeks to understand his prejudices and motivation for taking the life of another. The grandfather’s soul-searching is guided by the author’s true lifetime experiences with race relations.
About the Author
Ken has a long career in higher education, was a founder and CEO of a manufacturing company, and has a Juris Doctor in Law. He was a leader in education policy on the state, regional, and national levels. He served as trustee of the national College Entrance Examination Board, was one of the founders and first president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Publications include Tests: The Foundation for Equality; Americans With Disability Act Compliance Manual; and a novel, Blackberries, published in 2013.