Early this year, I announced here that I had been invited to attend the El Gouna Writer's Residency, in Egypt. I was very excited.
And then of course the revolution happened and I thought - 'Oh well, maybe some other time then.'
But things turned around, quite quickly and I took that as a sign that this is a trip I a destined to take.
Of course then I looked at my bank account and thought well, maybe this is a trip I am destined to take at some other point in my life.
But the universe intervened once again when a photographer friend of mine came over to share the exciting details about her recent trip to Ethiopia. She was there for two weeks and she said she would not have been able to take the trip without the help of family and friends and quite a few strangers.
Her: I had a fundraiser.
And so I thought, why not try it. I have family and friends and thousands of readers who may be interested in donating a few dollars for a good cause.
So here are the details:
The story I will be developing during my time in El Gouna is entitled, Winter People.
Winter People is a fictionalized account of the real-life African-American pilot Lieutenant Darwin Nichols, who was shot down, captured and imprisoned in the Gestapo prison in Butzbach. My research thus far has revealed a some-what clouded history of Nichols’ final days. Some accounts declare that he was shot and killed right before the end of the war; others claim that his body was never found. My fictional version of his life will return him safely to America, where Nichols' will recount his story of his time in Butzbach.
This story is important because it will give voice to those "forgotten" victims of the Holocaust..
According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C., “The fate of black people from 1933 to 1945 in Nazi Germany and in German-occupied territories ranged from isolation to persecution, sterilization, medical experimentation, incarceration, brutality, and murder.”
I believe that Winter People will serve to introduce readers to a larger historical text, which will be appreciated by the widest possible audience.
Please visit CAMPAIGN PAGE to read all about this amazing trip and the book it will benefit.
Any contribution you can make -- no matter how small - will make a world of difference!!!
Causes Bernice McFadden Supports
Hurston Wright Foundation
Girls Write Now
Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS)