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How does a Jewish boy who spent the bulk of his childhood on the basketball courts of Brooklyn wind up teaching in one of the city's pioneering black studies departments? Naison's odyssey begins as Brooklyn public schools respond to a new wave of Black migrants and Caribbean immigrants, and established residents flee to virtually all-white parts of the city or suburbs. Already alienated by his parents' stance on race issues and their ambitions for him, he has started on a separate ideological path by the time he enters Columbia College. Once he embarks on a long-term interracial relationship, becomes a member of SDS, focuses his historical work on black activists, and organizes community groups in the Bronx, his immersion in the radical politics of the 1960s has emerged as the center of his life. Determined to keep his ties to the Black community, even when the New Left splits along racial lines, Naison joined the fledgling African American studies program at Fordham, remarkable then as now for its commitment to interracial education.This memoir offers more than a participant's account of the New Left's racial dynamics; it eloquently speaks to the ways in which political commitments emerge from and are infused with the personal choices we all make.
White Boy: A Memoir is one man's unvarnished story of love, loss, race, Memphis, and a dark past. Everything is laid bare when Memphis author, journalist, and college professor Tom Graves takes a vivid and deeply introspective account of his life. Certainly no one can accuse Graves of looking back through rose-colored glasses as chapter after riveting chapter he confronts his family's racist past, shares his eyewitness memories of the integration of Memphis public schools, details his dating escapades with women from another race, and brings you to tears with his powerful account of the roller-coaster relationship with a Sierra Leone native whom he met on and brought to the U.S. to become his bride. This courageous and unforgettable memoir is sure to stir, and perhaps even prompt you to reconsider, your own feelings about love and race.
Richard D. Jackson has done an excellent job taking the reader back into the time of his youth in Huntington, West Virginia and Marshall College. The reader will be drawn to the past and the memories of their own youth. Unfortunately, not only are the fonder memories brought to mind, but also the social injustices of segregation and the unsettling years of the Vietnam War. Most will find this book very enjoyable to read and the trip back to their youth entertaining and mind-opening.
It has been rumored this was fabricated, like top 40 music or home runs in the 1990s. Keith A. Carey is funny, flawed, and thinks he might want to help you, but only after 1 PM in good weather. He was good at one thing for a decade - getting drunk to the bejeezus belt. Beyond redemption or salvation, impervious to correction; there was to be no sobriety date, yet another rehab stay, and mundane crawl back into society's good graces. There was only to be the end of life as he knew it. This was to come via a pawn shop 9 mm handgun at The Grotto. Fate intervenes as Carey relates in both grim and hilarious fashion; a man who had hit his bottom and needed to kill a pain that alcohol could not. No ordinary book and certainly not a boring individual, Carey bounces and weaves as if writing a Tarintino script. It's all true, except when it's obviously one of his absurd creations designed to amuse. Sure to be a classic, alongside other books which are collecting dust in America's basements. Some would compare it to "A Fan's Notes" or a very poor man's "The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance." The theme is recovery from alcohol abuse, which made Carey's defects and problems multiply just short of death. The interweaving true stories feature his family vacations, peculiar friends, golfing accidents, a world famous strip club, time in a psych ward, problems with cats (and women), and a few borrowed catch phrases from TV and the movies. His only regret is not getting electro-shocked while decompressing at the funny farm ... if only he could have been born 30 years earlier. A force higher than reason spared his life and he claims this is why he feels he has a story worth converting into a book. Sobriety doesn't equal sanity in the most entertaining non-fiction book since "Eat This" by Dom DeLuise. He survived a hell of his own making and is now ready to fulfill his true destiny. There is no law to state who can be a parent. Maybe there needs to be one on who is allowed to write a book. That's a joke, son.
The Crisis, founded by W.E.B. Du Bois as the official publication of the NAACP, is a journal of civil rights, history, politics, and culture and seeks to educate and challenge its readers about issues that continue to plague African Americans and other communities of color. For nearly 100 years, The Crisis has been the magazine of opinion and thought leaders, decision makers, peacemakers and justice seekers. It has chronicled, informed, educated, entertained and, in many instances, set the economic, political and social agenda for our nation and its multi-ethnic citizens.
Growing up in Rhodesia in the 1960s, the author inhabited a magical and frightening world. As an adolescent, a conscripted boy-soldier in the civil war, and then as an adult who returned to Zimbabwe as a journalist to cover the transition to black rule, he discovered a land stalked by death and danger.
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize “A triumph of storytelling as well as a triumph of spirit.”—Alex Kotlowitz, award-winning author of There Are No Children Here As a child in 1950s segregated Virginia, Gregory Howard Williams grew up believing he was white. But when the family business failed and his parents’ marriage fell apart, Williams discovered that his dark-skinned father, who had been passing as Italian-American, was half black. The family split up, and Greg, his younger brother, and their father moved to Muncie, Indiana, where the young boys learned the truth about their heritage. Overnight, Greg Williams became black. In this extraordinary and powerful memoir, Williams recounts his remarkable journey along the color line and illuminates the contrasts between the black and white worlds: one of privilege, opportunity and comfort, the other of deprivation, repression, and struggle. He tells of the hostility and prejudice he encountered all too often, from both blacks and whites, and the surprising moments of encouragement and acceptance he found from each. Life on the Color Line is a uniquely important book. It is a wonderfully inspiring testament of purpose, perseverance, and human triumph. “Heartbreaking and uplifting… a searing book about race and prejudice in America… brims with insights that only someone who has lived on both sides of the racial divide could gain.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer From the Trade Paperback edition.

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