About the Book
December 1967. Martin Luther King, Jr. has begun laying out plans for his Poor People’s Campaign. Florina Austin, newly married, spies a woman sitting on the steps leading up to the verandah where Florina and her husband will live. The woman’s uncanny knowledge of the space that Florina will inhabit leaves her suspicious. The following Sunday after church, Florina witnesses the woman, she has come to know as Agnes, caress Redmond’s cheek. The look in Redmond’s eyes betrays longing. Florina and Agnes are neighbors. Their husbands, Negro doctors in Poinsettia, NC, hold prominent positions in the social and political life of their community.
When Agnes flees to Memphis and joins the Sanitation Workers Protests, all are aghast, none more than Florina.
As they move towards the fateful day Dr. Martin Luther King is killed, Florina learns that marriage exposes the vulnerabilities of all who pledge their trough and body. It casts an even greater shadow upon the ones who vow love unto death, and do not deliver what they have promised. When the Drum Major Died shows what happens when we resist change in favor of worn out tradition, but also what can and does occur when we open our hearts and embrace the words, “ … be first in love … be first in generosity … He who is greatest among you shall be your servant. …”
About the Author
Anjuelle Floyd is the author of a collection of short stories, Keeper of Secrets … Translations of an Incident and two novels, The House and Seasons in Purdah. Her short stories and novels turn on the dynamics of women for whom life challenges impel them to examine the flawed relationships with their mothers in an effort to improve connections and interactions with their husbands and intimates. The House earned recognition in the 2011 Readers’ Favorite Awards.