Bound for Glory: Bringing People Together
Award-winning author Patricia Raybon interviews world-reknown calligrapher Timothy R. Botts about their collaboration, Bound for Glory. Bound for Glory releases November 1, 2011 from Tyndale.
How has the work on this book and on thisspiritual as an art project affected you personallyand spiritually?
I think it has convicted me personallyabout my insensitivity to the pain of AfricanAmerican culture in our country and the more I'vedelved into it the more uncomfortable It's been. Theonly one way I can acknowledge I can give as acomparison for people is; my wife and I lived inJapan for three years many years ago. And duringthat time we visited the Museum in Hiroshima whichdepicted the horror of the atomic bomb. And youknow when we were in there we just sort of wantedto disappear because it was just awful to beAmerican's and realize that we had caused thisterrible pain for these people. And I think that's alittle bit what happened to me.The more I got into this project and delved more into the history the more I realized oh my people,my ancestors were a part of this. And how terrible that so that remorse and that wanting to repentcorporately for what happened in the past.And then I think in a much more positive note I just want to say that I've really come to love andappreciate more African American culture and I need to say that part of that has been somewhat imposedon me because my daughter and her husband and interestingly enough our oldest son and his wife aswell work in a ministry together in inner city St. Lois. And so when we go to visit some of our grand kidswe're going into the hood of St. Lois and we're experiencing a ministry of racial reconciliation there. And itwas very difficult at first but it's part of, it's an important part of what we've become. Because we've cometo recognize that these are now we have more African American friends just because we've interactedwith them and their neighbors and their church and I realize that this is, that I' a richer person for havingbeen willing to delve into that.
Now what about how it's impacted your relationship with your African American grandchildren?
Well I think that one of my favorite things now that their age ranges are I think they are 10,7, and 5 years old now. And so we've had years together now and I just enjoy the fact that I don't thinkabout them being different from me. I mean that's not true, I do but it's not at the top of my thoughts theway it used to be and that's to me, that's just a great step forward for me. I love them.
I think I love that answer and because you speak a level of comfort and relaxation andconfidence about your relationship with them that it says to the rest of us that we can get there too. Fromculturally we can get there too.