Lena McCalla Njee has once again captured our hearts with the inspirational story “Ivan Goes Ivy League”. This sequel to “Ivan Gets a Dream House” captures the essence of an American story that is full of hope, faith, pride, and determination. This story of triumph over adversities crosses all socio-economic and racial barriers. It encompasses the hopes and dreams of any American family.
Ivan Goes Ivy League also does an excellent job of dispelling the myths and stereotypes of the African American family, particularly the families that are headed by a single mother. Ivan’s mother is portrayed as a strong but gentle, faith-based woman.
Lena McCalla Njee’s heartfelt depiction of the African American family is rarely seen and written about in mainstream media. It is relevant and is an important story to be told. The characters are real; you feel you know them. This story embodies our challenges, our conflicts, and our victories. Although this story portrays a new chapter in Ivan's life, it is a new chapter in each family member's life.
Ivan Goes Ivy League is a testimony of how hard work, determination, faith, and love of family can raise you above your circumstances.