How A Hill of Feathers started

Five years ago I was standing in my kitchen one weekday morning, listening to the radio.

My life was falling apart at the time, but I was listening across the years to a woman whose life was literally being ripped apart by a system that didn't care.

The woman's name was Louise Little, and the story was being read as an excerpt from the Pulitzer Prize winning book, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable.

Louise was Malcolm X's mother, and on that day, June 6th 2011, I heard how she was found wandering in the snow, without shoes, her newborn baby clutched to her chest. Shortly afterwards, she was taken to a mental hospital.

Something told me that there was more to Louise Little than that. The programme ended and I immediately sat down at my laptop to reach out into the wonderful world of the internet, to find out what had happened to her, and her family, next.

You can read that first reaction right here. A few days later, frustrated at the lack of information there was about Louise, I wrote another post that was to change my life forever.

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