|ABOUT DASHAWN PATRICK
|Hatred, fear, and bigotry have been given new life, settling into our subconscious as though they
rightfully belong. But they do not! Liberation is a fictional story that imagines a world where the
strangleholds of racism are destroyed by acquiescing to love. As Dr. Charlie Matheson, a 78-year-
old White man, and Tavin Curtis, a 19-year-old Black kid recently released from serving a one-year
prison sentence, will discover, love, in any generation, is paramount. Liberation is a story that
encourages us to let love govern our hearts and minds.
Liberation begins with 19-year old, Tavin Curtis. Rather than enjoying his freshman year at Arizona
State University, he is completing a one-year sentence at Wilsonville Juvenile Correctional facility. It
is his release day. Instead of returning home to Flagstaff, Arizona, he is on a train to Seattle to find
Nora, the 20-year-old, olive-skinned girl whose letters were his only link to sanity. Nora's letters
were intended for a different inmate, inadvertently delivered to Tavin. In each letter, she reveals how
her life is changing, how she's been sober for 85 days and is trying to recapture the dreams she'd
lost. Twice per month, Tavin anticipates Nora's letters but now she has not written in months. Tavin
takes a chance and writes Nora, explaining the truth about receiving her letters, encouraging her to
continue the path of sobriety and chasing her dreams. Two months later, Tavin is surprised when
Nora writes back. For the next four months, they exchange letters, creating a bond neither expected.
On the train to Seattle to find Nora, Tavin is seated next to Dr. Charlie Matheson, a distinguished,
silver-haired, 78-year-old Caucasian man. Tavin believes he is seated next to a stranger but will
discover his connection to Charlie will put his entire life into perspective. For 60 years, Charlie has
kept a secret from his family. He has waited for this moment to tell Tavin the story that will alter
both of their destinies.
|"A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it to be God."
– Sidney Sheldon
|CLICK BUTTON TO READ CHAPTER 1 & 2
|BOOK: AND SOME RISE ABOVE IT
|SHORT FILM: CHARLOTTE'S TOOL BOX