SYLVESTER BOYD JR.
Author - Actor - Historian - Motivational Speaker
Author Radio Interview & Book Reviews
WKKC - 89.3 Kennedy King College Interview
2019 Black History Month Recognition
Opal Freeman, Windy City Review
"The Road from Money: A Journey To Find Why is a book of inspiration, encouragement, and education. Sylvester Boyd's excellent novel sketches the life of a young Negro girl in the 1920s as she comes to grips with the realities of life in the deep South. We are introduced to the main character, Estella Reynolds, as she becomes aware of the challenges she faces in Mississippi--brutality, poverty, racism, segregation, and working in the fields--she becomes aware that there is a better life away from the deep South. The author's writing provides a clear picture of the environment in which Estella and her family lived. His story illustrates how the perseverance, history, and strength of the Negro population helped them to survive some of the most difficult times in American history. I loved the book and was excited to reach each page, discovering the growth and progress of Estella's life.
Midwest Book Review by James Cox - Editor-in-Chief
"Although a work of fiction, it is a story that has deep factual roots in the African American experience. Superbly crafted from beginning to end, The Road from Money is as thoughtful and thought-provoking as it is solidly entertaining throughout; making it very highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library general fiction collections."
Book Reviews by Joan Adamak
“The events and experiences are based on those of a real Black woman, Estelle, in Money, Mississippi, who at age eight realized the unfairness of the quality of life for a Black when compared to a White person. There are several good books written about these times and travails, but this is a good one with which to acquaint self. The character descriptions are good, the language idiom of the Blacks and the events are colorfully and truthfully set out. I recommend book about a segment of American history. "
Cynthis Robinson -- Chicago, Illinois -- "The Road from Money is a simple, yet compelling book series, that keeps its readers' spellbound while reading about the main character, Estella Reynolds. I recommend you read this book series, be prepared to want to read the next book in the series. Each part has dynamic energy and it has expanded my thinking and knowledge on how growing up as an African American in America's deep south was at the start of the 20th century. Be prepared to be hungry for more! I am on edge waiting for more, can't wait for Book 4!!"
Elizabeth Holton -- Grand Rapids, Michigan -- " I just finished reading the 3rd part in the book series. It was excellent; one of the best literature books I have read in a while. I am waiting for the next adventure of Estella's journey. Great job!"
Janis Banks DeHaan -- Allegan, Michigan -- "I just finished reading The Road from Money and enjoyed it very much. I look forward to hearing about Estella's adventures in Chicago."
Betty Wiley -- Chicago, Illinois -- "I was born and raised in Money, MS until age 7. My name is Betty Wiley, the oldest daughter of Roosevelt Smith, Estella's cousin. My husband and I ordered your book as soon as it came out. The book brought back many memories. It is a very good book and I can not wait for the next one."
Donna Smith -- Chicago, Illinois -- "I enjoyed the book "The Road From Money" and the book signing ceremony. Can't wait for your next book."