"It’s 1958 and school desegregation has already challenged so much of what Izzy White thinks he knows about Negroes, life, and himself. Jewish and insecure, Izzy has fallen in love with Rhythm N’ Blues, Black dance styles, basketball, and any girl who smiles at him. At the same time he fears that Negroes will either contaminate him in some way or kick his ass. A year later, because he has no money, feels guilty about his own racism, and has a ton of curiosity about Black people, he chooses to go to Howard University—“The Harvard of Negro Education”. He enters Howard just when students in the South are beginning to challenge the Jim Crow Laws that have governed race relations for the past half-century. Izzy is filled with painful conflicts as he navigates between his white world in the suburbs and his Black world at Howard. He is shocked by the brutality experienced by American Negroes, astonished at the ways Negroes attempt to deal with second class citizenship, bemused by some of the Negro stereotypes of whites, and enraged at the current state of race relations. Izzy’s sojourn involves many humorous attempts and missed opportunities to fully integrate himself into Howard’s college life and a convoluted search for self-discovery”.
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About the Author
Barry Wolfe was born in Washington, DC in 1942. During his teenage years he developed a passion for Rhythm n’ Blues, the way Black teenagers dance and basketball. School integration gave Barry his first major exposure to Black teenagers. He played basketball with Black adolescents on the city playgrounds, as a member of his junior high school basketball team, and later on his high school team. Barry became curious about the Black experience in America and the problem of white supremacy. Barry attended Howard University on an academic scholarship between 1959 and 1963. This was the period of the Civil Rights Revolution that was begun by college students across the country. At Howard, Barry became the first Caucasian member of the varsity basketball team, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated 8th in his class. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1970. In his 42- year career as a clinical psychologist, Barry was in private practice, a professor, and involved in psychotherapy research. He also trained and supervised practicing psychotherapists. He wrote 60 articles and book chapters and published two clinical treatment books. Having always wanted to write about his time at Howard, Barry has written two unpublished short stories. He recently completed a novelized memoir, Izzy White?, covering the span of his life-changing four years at Howard. Barry’s appetite for writing fiction has been whetted by the experience of writing Izzy White? and he plans to write more in the future.