By Melton McLaurin
In Separate Pasts Melton A. McLaurin in truth and it seems that remembers his boyhood throughout the Fifties, an period whilst segregation existed unchallenged within the rural South. In his small place of birth of Wade, North Carolina, whites and blacks lived and labored inside each one other's shadows, but have been separated by way of the heritage they shared. Separate Pasts is the relocating tale of the bonds McLaurin shaped with neighbors of either races―a testomony to the facility of human relationships to beat even the main ingrained platforms of oppression.
A new afterword presents historic context for the improvement of segregation in North Carolina. In his poignant portrayal of up to date Wade, McLaurin exhibits that, regardless of integration and the election of a black mayor, the legacy of racism remains.