SOFT TARGETS, MY MEMOIR

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DRAMA MEMOIR

2000s,1960s & '70s,1980s & '90s

QUINCIE WHITE

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Logline

It describes some vulnerable situations in the military and how to identify situations in advance. It also gives you resources, if you should find yourself in these situations. It gives the statistics of sexual harassment and sexual assaults currently occurring today.

Genre

Drama,Memoir

Short Summary

Born in the inter city, lost my father at the age of 3 months and watched my mom continue the journey as a single mother. Shielded from racism and stereotypical outlook on life. Mother was part of the civil movement in Alabama and fought to give children a better than she had.


End of the story is how I navigated a career in the Army as a strong black woman that is often seen as, "The Angry Black Woman." I was no one's favorite but highly respected for my views and knowledge. Did not receive the accolades that was due but all of her ideas and processes were implemented.

Setting

Birmingham, Alabama

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Tragedy,Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity,Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Felice

Age: 45-50

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Badass,Confident,Decisive,Faithful,Flexible,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Naive,Underdog,Strong Moral Code,Skillful,Selfless,Modest,Sexy

Additional Character Details

Name: Dorothy

Age: 56

Gender: Female

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Badass,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Skillful,Blunt

Additional Character Details

Name: COLONEL FORD

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Charming,Crazy,Criminal,Leader,Unapologetic,Narcisstic,Power Hungry,Masculine

Additional Character Details

The author has not yet written this

Development Pitch

Having experienced a meaningful and challenging life in many ways as she enters her midlife serving in the military decades long. Being born in Birmingham, Alabama, during the Civil Rights Movement, which shaped her life and those of other Blacks in direct or indirect ways. Giving back to benefit others on navigating a rewarding career with the military as well as civilian life. Felice plays an important role as a Counselor in the military and help young Soldiers on their career path. Equipping them with ways to grow and never cross ethical or moral boundaries. She learned how to navigate the hard way and recovered from hurts of pains that could have been avoided with some education or mentoring through the process. It would it be good as an adaptation for Film or TV because so many people can identify with being in this position and be able to express or deal with their own personal matters. No one talks openly about sexual assaults or harassment in the military because it makes you feel weak. Prosecuting the monsters are rare and punishment is usually transferring them to another location to wreak havoc on the next victims. There are so many young women and men living with the pain of being assaulted and need the outlet of knowing they are being heard.

About The Author

Many people write books about their lives to share deeply meaningful experiences and to encourage others who are going through similar circumstances. Some publish a memoir to enlighten readers who may be unfamiliar with a certain lifestyle or situation. Other authors simply feel the need to unburden themselves of past hurt or loss while cautioning others who may one day find themselves facing similar dilemmas. My book was prompted by all the above. Having experienced a meaningful and challenging life in many ways, I am now entering midlife as my decades-long career winds down. I am ready to share what I have learned with readers who may be interested or who might benefit from my experiences. I was born in Birmingham, Alabama, during the Civil Rights Movement, which shaped my life and those of other Blacks in direct and indirect ways. History.com provides the following information about key events during the 1960s and beyond. The city was founded in 1871 and quickly developed into the state’s main commercial and industrial region. By the mid-twentieth century, Governor George Wallace took a stand against desegregation while the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) one of its most violent chapters. The Police Commissioner, Eugene “Bull” Connor, established a reputation for using brutal tactics against union members, radical demonstrators, and Blacks. According to History.com, “By 1963, homemade bombs set off in Birmingham's black homes and churches were such common occurrences that the city had earned the nickname "Bombingham” One of the catalyst criminal events that spurred the Civil Rights Movement was the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church on September 15, 1963, with a predominantly Black congregation of about 200 members, which also provided meeting space for Civil Rights leaders. The explosion occurred just before Sunday morning service, killing four young girls and injuring several other people. This was the third bombing in eleven days following a federal mandate to integrate the schools. Violent clashes broke out between protesters and police, drawing national attention to the hard-fought battle for civil rights. Before the tragic bombing, Civil Rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was arrested in Birmingham for nonviolent support of Southern Christian Leadership Conference supporters. Following his imprisonment in a Birmingham jail, Dr. King penned a letter to area white ministers explaining why he had chosen not to deter the demonstrations taking place despite continued bloodshed initiated by law enforcement officers. The letter quickly drew attention and was published by the national press publications with photos of police brutalizing the city’s protesters. Civil rights protests had frequently started at the steps of the 16th Street Baptist Church, which was known as a major religious center for area Blacks and meeting place for Civil Rights organizers despite regular KKK bomb threats. The church bomb exploded at 10:22 a.m. on September 15, 1963, killing 14-year-olds Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, and Carole Robinson along with 11-year-old Denise McNair, who were discovered underneath the bomb debris and rubble in a basement restroom. A ten-year-old child also in the restroom, Sarah Collins, lost her right eye. At least twenty other people were injured. Thousands of Black protesters met at the church afterward and were confronted by state troopers as violence erupted around the city. Many protesters were arrested, and two were killed. The National Guard was summoned to restore order. Dr. King spoke at the funeral of three of the girls, with the family of the fourth holding a smaller, private funeral, further inciting outrage throughout the nation. Despite public outcries, justice was delayed for over a decade, with the FBI failing to act on information it received on the bombers’ identity. (J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI director, disapproved of the Civil Rights movement) In 1977, Klan leader Robert E. Chambliss stood trial and was convicted of murder. He died in 1985 in prison. Co-bombers Thomas Blanton and Bobby Frank Cherry were tried in 2001 and 2002. The fourth, Herman Frank Cash, died before he could be tried in court. These events raised awareness of and support for the elimination of segregation and led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as the 1965 Voting Rights Act. (History.com https://www.history.com/topics/1960s/birmingham-church-bombing) Birmingham birthed a generation of people like me who came of age in an era struggling to effect social change and seek personal and public freedoms. Racial tensions remained high in many aspects of public life, impacting how people lived and conducted business. My father died while I was still very young, leaving my mother a widow to raise two children alone in limited circumstances. Due to her struggles to support and protect us, her children - my brother and me – were kept sheltered from the upheaval that was causing havoc in Birmingham as well as the widespread South and across the nation. She provided a safe, comfortable home and taught us the importance of family solidarity. In a world that was unstable and often unsafe, we learned to look out for each other. I learned early in life the value of hard work. By her example, my mother instilled in my brother and me the core values of integrity, honesty, commitment, and diligence. She did not use words like that very often, but she modeled them in her simple yet powerful way of showing us how to meet life head-on and take care of ourselves. We became self-reliant without expecting others to provide for us or solve our problems. We were taught to respect other people at all levels of society and to expect the same in return. Those core values have stayed with me throughout my life and helped me to meet the goals I set for myself despite occasional setbacks or mistakes. First and foremost, I learned to take care of my family responsibilities and to fulfill my duty and obligations to the professional commitments I would eventually make. As a Black woman raised in the South during the second half of the twentieth century, I learned first-hand about class, race, and socioeconomic factors that continue to impact the country today. Our family knew or heard of families in Birmingham who were discriminated against, and we met our share of bias as well. Some people looked down on us because my father had died young and left my mother a single parent with two children to raise. Other people turned their backs on us because of our skin color. As I grew up, I experienced sexist treatment simply for being female. Many false and demeaning stereotypes were projected on me by others who were ignorant but had no interest in becoming informed of the truth. None of this made us bitter. We were pragmatic enough to realize reactions like these were due to the times we lived in. Things would improve eventually, and they did. These conditions are still changing as equal rights for people of all colors, beliefs, and nationalities are gradually being supported and enabling us to begin to accept each other in our shared role as human beings. I developed an innate desire for justice and fair treatment for all. This likely contributed to my eventual career choice. What I learned from my upbringing shaped a realistic perspective on navigating society. Opportunities were available if you knew where to find them. People would help if they were not biased. So, from an early age, I paid attention to my instincts, took my mother’s advice, and followed a path that has taken me to many crossroads: I enlisted in U.S. military service. After thirty-two years of serving in the Armed Forces, I am ready to share a lifetime of insight gleaned from my military experiences. One reason for writing this book is to inform others about military life in general. Civilians do not have much insight to a military career unless they are related to someone who is going through it. Coupled with this perspective is my experiences as a Black woman in military service in recent decades as we transitioned from one century and millennium to a new one with all the vast changes in technology, social issues, and equal rights that have evolved. Finally, I would also like to share certain aspects of my military career from a woman’s experience. A female who is thinking about joining the military should find out as much as possible before enlisting by talking to active service members or Reserves enlistees. Being informed and prepared will equip her to adapt more readily to a very distinctive lifestyle that is probably highly different from anything she has experienced previously. More broadly, I hope the story of my military life might inspire readers who face their own brand of discrimination and belittlement to be strong, to keep going, and not to lose sight of their goals or their faith.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Amazon Books

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

9798581128060