Touching Stones, Turning Tables and Crying in the Rain
List Price: 11.95
Available: December 2013
This book is a unique work for a post-modern era where people are more interested in seeking compass settings for their own journey rather than a road map of “steps” or an academic expose on multi-culturalism.
TS, TT, & CR is a thematic collection of true stories from a multi-cultural community in urban America. These poignant, yet messy, examples of life in “Beloved Community” are punctuated by hip-hop poetry, many of which the author has also performed as spoken word. It is not intended as memoir or biography, but as companion for others on the journey.
The purpose of this book is two-fold: first, to share the lessons and experiences in this multi-cultural community, secondly, to create conversation starters for persons of all races who are on the journey to building “Beloved Community.” There are discussion questions at the end of each section to facilitate group or individual reflection. The poetry sections do not have questions as the author hopes the readers own imagination and inquisitiveness will spark conversation and thought.
The author’s blog “Building Beloved Community” provides a forum for questions and follow-up articles from Marque.
North Minneapolis, the backdrop for many of the stories in this book, is a place many Twin Cities residents believe should be avoided. However Marque has made this his home for over 25 years. He, his wife Janeen, and 3 children (Jared, Tyler and Morgan) have found this diverse community to be welcoming and vibrant. They have learned along the way that living beyond the lines of race and class may put one in places of temporary discomfort but in the long run bring a deeper awareness of identity and community.
Marque is an ordained pastor with the Evangelical Covenant Church, and a high school social studies teacher, he has worked in community based non-profits including the Sanctuary CDC and the Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network. He presently is the Jr. Associate of Minne-Mex Construction LLC. He has a Masters of Arts in Education from the University of St. Thomas. He is also a guest lecturer and has worked in several local colleges.
Marque and his wife were both born and raised in rural communities, where their families still live. These are places they love to visit, however today they are most comfortable in their urban neighborhood.