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Mark Pierce Sr. Has Written a Saga that Unveils Stories of What African-American World War II Military Service Was Like

Los Angeles, CA – WEBWIRE

“Four and Twenty Blackbirds” is a piece that uncovers an innocuous slight to the military service record of thousands of African Americans.

This writing illuminates an unspoken story, and now author Mark Pierce has come forward to share it. His sweeping novel about a military social experiment starts in Detroit in 1943 and reaches its profound conclusion forty years later. The battles repelled by the greatest generation of fighting men the world had ever seen were covered in the memories of a zeitgeist…things deemed left underneath the sands of time.

“After years of research and organizing, Mark A. Pierce Sr. used his first draft of “Four and Twenty Blackbirds” as his Senior Project at California Polytechnic State University in 1992. The work was recognized with the university’s student arts commendation on behalf of the English Department. Still, Pierce did not immediately seek to have it sent out. He did revision after revision on the manuscript… decades of revision.”

This worthwhile flip book will ignite the reader’s interest up to last the page.

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“Four and Twenty Blackbirds”
Written by Mark A. Pierce, Sr
Published by Proisle Publishing Service
Published date: June 1, 2024
Kindle Price: $7.99
Hardback Price: $27.00
Paperback Price: $20.00

About the Author
Mark A. Pierce (1958- ) was born in the town of Streator, Illinois, as the sixth of nine children. He left his prairie roots before becoming an adult and set out for California in the late ’70s. Eventually, he became a high school teacher in 1999, teaching at a continuation high school in Compton, CA, transferred to LAUSD at Taft High School, Woodland Hills, and finally becoming an assistant principal in Santa Maria, CA on the Central Coast.

Pierce received his bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1993, where he wrote the first draft of his novel “Four and Twenty Blackbirds.” An excerpt from this draft was used for his senior project, and the English department honored it with the Student Arts Commendation.

Pierce is also a civil rights activist and has developed educational programs to address cultural proficiency; his book “Microaggressions Across The Great Divide: High Stakes Assessment, The Threat of Stereotype, and Hidden Curriculum” serves as a literary base for training in cultural sensitivity.

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 Four And Twenty Blackbird
 Mark Pierce Sr
 Literature & Fiction
 African Americans

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