"And Moses said unto God, Who am
I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the
children of Israel
out of Egypt?"
The Bible has many stories of prophets and heroes that did not know
their role in God's plan until the moment that he needed them. It is
often not until they are experienced in life that they hear their
calling. Even so, the ground work for their role may have been laid
out over a lifetime, over generations and even across the history of
Collecting a number of books about the African-American experience
in early Texas history and traveling the state regularly I came
across some people of West Texas whose ancestors were Buffalo
Soldiers and American Indian. They called themselves the Bluelip.
The parallel nature of these lives to the story of Moses intrigued
me: children of slaves accepted into important and trusted service
of the masters. What if a prophet were selected from this history?
Bluelip follows the story of a young candidate for a Computer
Science Phd. that loses her focus in the world. Returning to the
West Texas home of her Buffalo Soldier relatives, she is wrapped in
the love and rural lore that brings her to the place where she is
able to see a new role for herself.
The surprising mix of computers, robots, cowboys, and rural spirit
makes the story an unforgettable journey across some of the
forgotten history of Black Texas and into an unbelievable but
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