In the tradition of Roots and Queen, Mama Flora’s Family is a
sweeping epic of contemporary American history, culled from the unpublished
works of award-winning writer Alex Haley. It is the poignant story of three
generations of an African American family who start out as destitute
sharecroppers in Tennessee.
Mama Flora is the heart and strength of the family,
shepherding her children through hard times after the murder of her husband by
white landholders. She has passionate ambitions for her son Willie, but he
dashes her dreams by abandoning his church-going roots and moving to Chicago.
After fighting in the Second World War, he marries his childhood sweetheart and
struggles to build a new urban life for his family.
Flora’s dreams are realized by Ruthana, her sister’s
child, whom Mama Flora adopts. Ruthana graduates from college and, as a social
worker in Harlem, counsels underprivileged women. Through her love for the
radical poet Ben, Ruthana begins to understand her heritage and, after a sojourn
in Africa, comes to a redemptive understanding of herself.
In Chicago, Willie’s twin son and daughter embrace Muslim
militancy and Black Power and, eventually, drugs on their rocky road through
the 1960s. Mama Flora struggles to maintain her family, but she is also caught
up in the turbulent times.
Mama Flora’s Family
is an American tale as dramatic and touching as anything Alex Haley ever wrote. Download and start listening now!