Verne Jackson has written for Chicago Magazine. She is a former recipient of the Penny Missouri Award for Best Fiction in a Smaller Magazine. She lives in Chicago.
Tired of the brutality forced upon them by Southern whites, a group of African Americans in Depression-era Arkansas form a secret society known as "The Circle" whose members vow to fight back against racist oppression with unity and bravery. Using clever tactics and a mysterious helper, the group quietly begins to turn the tables on Colored Town’s abusers. The success of their endeavors is a moving testament to the power of educated activism and the strength of taking a unified stand.